Tuesday, June 12th, 2012 at 3:55 pm  |  24 responses

Miami Face-Eating Victim Says ‘Go Heat’

The guy who was victimized by the so-called Zombie Attack in downtown Miami two weeks ago is rooting for the Heat as they face the OKC Thunder in the NBA Finals beginning tonight. The victim appears to be in reasonably good spirits, given that most of his face was eaten. Per the Miami New Times (which, we must warn you, has graphic details and images): “Two weeks after having most of his face chewed off by a crazed Rudy Eugene near the MacArthur Causeway in downtown Miami, victim Ronald Poppo is slowly recovering. Jackson Memorial Hospital says the 65-year-old is awake and alert, and the hospital has released new photos of his face after undergoing treatment and surgery. While the lower portion of Poppo’s face remains mostly intact, the upper portion is now covered in scabs and skin grafts. His nose is completely missing. One eye socket is covered in skin, and the other is covered in a gauze pad. UM/Jackson trauma surgeon Dr. Nicholas Namias and plastic surgeon Dr. Wrood Kassira are part of the team treating Poppo and say he is recovering about as well as could be expected. In fact, according to the hospital’s Twitter feed, Dr. Namias visited Poppo this morning and says the victim has a message for the community: ‘Go Heat.’”

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  • underdog

    wtf slam?

  • MookieBlaylock

    “The victim appears to be in reasonably good spirits, given that most of his face was eaten.”

    wtf is this?

  • fruizm

    damn SLAM…i wanted to read about how he said “go HEAT”…I didnt want details on a missing nose and an eye socket!

  • Heals

    I wanna comment, but I don’t know how on this one…

  • LA Huey

    Maybe he was still traumatized and groaning “No eat…”
    Too soon?

  • bike

    ^ Or “No meat…”
    Too soon. Too Soon.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    This story is … just… so… effing disgusting. I don’t even like discussing it in any form.

  • toinefan88

    I’m bout to throw up.

  • bull22

    that dude suffered enough as it is and this should not even be a story on SLAM. bad taste, really bad.

  • davidR

    “rooting for the heat as they face the thunder”

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    yea I gotta co-sign bull22… but I also lmao’ed at LA Huey… Now I feel guilty.

  • Sheed

    you all need to chill the f out this ish funny AF

  • http://www.slamonline.com Redd

    Stfu^ co-sign Teddy’s co-sign nonetheless.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    This was funny

  • deadbored

    This is an article because the dude said “Go Heat”. The heat is a NBA basketball team currently playing for the most coveted trophy in the league. Some people must not pay much attention to what’s going on at the moment.

  • http://www.twitter.com/_dfrance dfrance21

    Man I’ve been trying to forget this story and the last place I thought I’d be reminded of it is Slam.

  • jeremys6226

    don’t know what to say about this…. truly horrible story though and hope the guy can recover well

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Bath salts, 1st horseman of the zombie apocalypse.
    i do hope the US military sees in him a viable candidate for a face transplant, since they are pioneers in those kinds of procedures. A homeless guy sure will not be able to afford such surgery.
    poor man.

  • Hell-ay

    Oh man, poor dude. that’s some fighting spirit, though. dude’s probably so happy to have some basic medical care (and of course a new face) after decades w/out it.

  • Leoni

    underdog said just right “wtf Slam”.

  • http://slamonline.com badnewsballer

    Cosign dfrance. Trying to get this story and that horrific photo out of my head. Not cool…

  • Mike From Spain

    ‘The hEAT FACE the Thunder in the 2012 NBA finals’ … see the subliminal cue for the poor guy there, he must somehow feel an intense fear anytime he listens to the announcers in the TV. Anyway, I just refuse to see the guy’s pics, I am way too impressionable

  • BostonBaller

    Prayers going up for dude…

  • Brad T

    This dude is about to be disappointed twice