Photos released Tuesday reveal the extent of injuries suffered by Ronald Poppo, the homeless victim who was attacked by a naked man in broad daylight on a Miami street last month. The attacker, who was gnawing on the helpless Poppo's face, refused to stop until police gunned him down, killing him.
The bizarre, unprovoked attack garnered headlines around the globe. Until now, Poppo's wounds had only been described by the media.
But experts at Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Center on Tuesday released two images underscoring just how badly Poppo was savaged. One of the images is seen above, showing Poppo being helped about by hospital staff.
In short, Poppo no longer has a face.
The lower part of Poppo's face appears somewhat normal. He is even sporting a salt-and-pepper mustache. But from his forehead down to that mustache, he appears to have suffered a great deal of damage. He lost his left eye in the attack, and his right eye is so severely damaged that he might be left sightless.
"His nose looks like a pulverized mass of cartilage," reports the Miami Herald, which covered a news conference Tuesday afternoon at which doctors discussed Poppo's recovery.