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First photos of face eating victim released

Since losing much of his face in a horrendous cannibalistic attack last month, Ronald Poppo has been recovering at Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center.  Today, doctors say Poppo is feeling better. “He’s pleased to report to all of you that he’s feeling well, he’s eating, he’s walking around with physical therapy, he’s talking with us,” said Nicholas Namias, a trauma surgeon and co-director of the center.  Poppo lost his nose and left eye as a result of the attack, but doctors hope that he will once again be able to see out of his right eye.  While recovering, doctors say, Poppo is ”living in the moment and just wants to talk about routine things.”

Below are photos of Poppo’s recovery released by the hospital. Warning: Images may be graphic. 

Listen to 911 calls from the attack.


Ronald Poppo walking with assistance. Photo: Jackson Memorial Hospital.


Ronald Poppo's face after surgery. He is expected to undergo several more surgeries. A fund set up by the hospital has raised $15,000 for his care. He also qualifies for Medicare and Medicaid benefits. Photo: Jackson Memorial Hospital.


On the right is Poppo prior to the attack. On the left is Poppo's attacker, Rudy Eugene, who was shot and killed by police. Photo: Miami Dade police department.

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