Ronald Poppo: Face-chewing victim ‘living happily’

It’s been a year since Ronald Poppo had his face bitten and chewed by Rudy Eugene in Miami.

Poppo was homeless and after the attack lost his eyesight and most of his face.

According to a press release from doctors at Jackson Memorial Perdue Medical Center, a long-term care facility where Poppo has been recovering, Poppo is “living happily and adjusting to his new life.”

During his recovery he has learned to play the guitar and follows the Miami Heat basketball team.

“He’s had a long year, but has managed to cope quite well,” Jackson Memorial Hospital plastic surgeon Dr. Woody Kassira said at a press conference.

Since his rehabilitation, Poppo has put on 50 pounds and learned to feed and dress himself as well as shower and shave.

Poppo has undergone four surgeries and he has further reconstructive work that will be performed including prosthetics.

Karissa said Poppo is “content” with “how his life is now.”

“He was a simple guy before this, and a simple guy now,” said surgeon Urmen Desai. “He’s older, he is blind, he can’t see what he looks like, and it’s not important to him how the world sees him.”

“He wants the world to know he’s not traumatized by this … and that he’s happy and grateful for being alive after such an incident,” Desai said. “Things are very positive for Mr. Poppo.”

In a message posted to YouTube, Poppo thanks the community for their support.



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