Promoted

One Year Later, This Is What The Man Who Had His Face Eaten Looks Like

Jackson Memorial Hospital has released new photos of Ronald Poppo, Miami’s “zombie” attack victim.

Nearly a year ago, 65-year-old homeless man Ronald Poppo was brutally attacked by 31-year-old Rudy Eugene on the MacArthur Causeway in Miami. Video footage would later show a nearly naked Eugene chewing on Poppo’s face, ripping off his flesh and gouging out his eyes.

Eugene was shot and killed by police. Poppo was blinded, his face severely disfigured. He’s still receiving care today from Florida’s Jackson Health System, which published an album of new photos of Poppo on Tuesday.

From the hospital’s Facebook page:

On May 26, 2012, Ronald Poppo was brought to Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital after being attacked on the MacArthur Causeway. He spent nearly a month at Ryder, recovering from severe facial injuries, before being moved to Jackson Memorial Perdue Medical Center, a long-term care facility in Cutler Bay. Mr. Poppo, who is blind, remains at Perdue, where he is living happily and adjusting to his new life. In the past year, he has gained more than 50 pounds. He continues to work with an occupational therapist, who taught him how to dress himself, feed himself, shower and shave. He also was given a guitar, which he practices playing daily. He continues to see doctors at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center to treat his facial injuries.

8. Poppo also recorded a video thanking “the outpouring of people in the community. I will always be grateful for them.”

Check out more articles on BuzzFeed.com!

Jessica Testa is a national reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
Contact Jessica Testa at jessica.testa@buzzfeed.com.
 
 
Here Are The Top Stories
  • A University of Cincinnati officer has been charged with murder for shooting Samuel Dubose, an unarmed black man.
  • Mullah Omar, the Taliban's reclusive leader, died more than two years ago, Afghan officials say. The Taliban hasn't commented.
  • Debris found on an island in the Indian Ocean belongs to the same type of aircraft as the missing Malaysia Airlines flight, a U.S. official told the Associated Press.
Get The News App

More News

More News

Now Buzzing