Victim of 'Miami cannibal' says he is not traumatized after half his face was gnawed off

Victim of 'Miami cannibal' says he is not traumatized after half his face was gnawed off
Published: 2013 May 21 21:28:14 (14693 Views)
The homeless man whose face was partially chewed off by a crazed attacker last year has gained 50 pounds and is relearning the guitar, his doctors said Tuesday.

"I think he wants the world to know that he's not traumatized by this, that he's happy and grateful," said Dr. Urmen Desai, Poppo's plastic surgeon at Jackson Memorial Hospital/University of Miami.

Poppo became known to the world as a craggy, sunburnt, bearded man in a photo taken before he was attacked on Miami Beach's MacArthur Causeway last May 26.

Poppo is up to 200 pounds and is learning again to strum the guitar, which he played during his youth.

"He's a wonderful person," said his nursing assistant, Patricia Copalko, who sees him daily. "I couldn't ask for a better patient."



Although Poppo rarely ventures outside his room, he follows Miami Heat games avidly, she said. Hospital staff said he can remain in the Miami nursing facility "indefinitely.”

He has refused additional reconstructive surgery and is learning to adjust to his blindness.

Once a student at the prestigious Stuyvesant High School in New York, Poppo reportedly became homeless after falling into drugs.

Poppo's attacker, Rudy Eugene, 31, managed to gnaw off half of Poppo's face before police shot and killed him. Marijuana was found in Eugene's system.

Police suspect other new, undetectable drugs were also present.





Source - NYDaily

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