Long road to recovery
The naked homeless man, who was a victim of the naked cannibal who chewed his face off in a bizarre and terrifying attack on Saturday, has been identified as Ronald Poppo. Ronald Poppo was attacked by assailant Rudy Eugene in a horrific attack in Miami where Eugene was shot to death by police eating the face off of Poppo.
Though grotesque, such severe facial injuries are not life threatening, and according to experts on facial reconstruction, Poppo now faces a bigger threat form infection and germs than he does from the injuries themselves, he will also require months of treatment to rebuild his features and still be disfigured.
“The human mouth is basically filthy,” said Dr. Seth Thaller, the chief of plastic and reconstructive surgery at the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine.
Face almost completely eaten off
Poppo remained hospitalized on Wednesday, and the gravest risk to him now are germs that might have been introduced into his system by Eugene, one of his eyes was also gouged out.
“He had his face eaten down to his goatee. The forehead was just bone. No nose, no mouth,” said Sgt. Armando Aguilar, president of the Miami Fraternal Order of Police.