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Brazilian woman survives harpoon shot through mouth

By Stan Lehman

Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 03:14 a.m. HST, May 09, 2013

RIO DE JANEIRO » A 28-year-old woman miraculously survived after her husband accidentally shot her in the mouth with a harpoon, Brazilian officials said Wednesday.

The Rio de Janeiro State Health Department said in a statement that the woman's husband was cleaning his spear gun when it went off, firing a harpoon that hit her cervical spine.

Elisangela Borborema Rosa was rushed to the hospital and underwent emergency surgery after Monday's incident in the coastal city of Arraial do Cabo.

The statement quotes neurosurgeon Allan da Costa as saying that the harpoon came within 1 centimeter (less than half an inch) of killing the woman. He said he expects a full recovery.

A police officer in Arrial do Cabo said by telephone that officials are looking into the case.

"Everything indicates it was an accident, but we are investigating. We don't think the husband tried to kill her," said the officer, who cited department policy in declining to let her name be used.

"But once she fully recovers we will be able to question her and get a clearer picture of what happened."

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Who_Said wrote:
Hmmm, something sound "fishy"...
on May 8,2013 | 02:10PM
BIG wrote:
on May 8,2013 | 04:00PM
juscasting wrote:
Just say spear gun shaft! When I heard HARPOON I think of those nuts throwing those big harpoons on Wicked Tuna or those nutty Japanese whaling boats shooting one in her mouth! Maybe she is big as whale? LOL!
on May 8,2013 | 02:52PM
Randz808 wrote:
Exactly what I thought! Lol
on May 9,2013 | 04:43AM
jomama wrote:
New spin on shooting your mouth off.
on May 8,2013 | 06:15PM
Hawaiians wrote:
no kidding ha ha..
on May 8,2013 | 08:15PM
pandadaddy wrote:
I hate it when that happens.
on May 8,2013 | 06:25PM
sailfish1 wrote:
Now there will always be doubt - did her husband really not know the spear gun was loaded? If he did not know, then did she marry a man with nothing between his ears?
on May 8,2013 | 07:41PM
yrusodz wrote:
When I saw the part about "harpoon shot through mouth", I happened to think of allie with the back end of a harpoon sticking out of his/her mouth. Speaking of which I'm surprised allie hasn't posted something about spear guns being "dangerous" and should be banned.
on May 8,2013 | 08:27PM
copperwire9 wrote:
Allie is a pain, I'll grant you, but no one deserves what you fantasize. What an inappropriate, and disturbing, post. Shame on you.
on May 9,2013 | 09:58AM
yrusodz wrote:
copperwire9 you know, your objections about people's usernames, comments that do not meet your sensitivities is your problem and not the problem of those who comment in jest or sarcasm. Save you histrionics for your therapist or someone who gives a good G.D.
on May 9,2013 | 04:33PM
Toop_Minaki wrote:
yrusodz - I get your annoyance with copperwire AND all-lie as both can be annoying as s**t in different ways, but you have to admit that your follow up comments are a little over the top? just a little? We get that all-lie is extremely annoying to outright obnoxious and many times outright insulting and copper likes to be everyone's corrector and conscience. But neither are worth getting bent out of shape over. Nothing wrong with giving all-lie a good kick when he says something stupid, being that he is everyone's favorite whipping boy but please don't inject his name into every thread, ok? :)
on May 9,2013 | 05:09PM
yrusodz wrote:
copperwire considering that you seem to have such a low tolerance for anything not "sanitary" you might consider hiding in your closet and staying there?
on May 9,2013 | 04:35PM
mikethenovice wrote:
A harpoon is the wrong hard thing in a woman's mouth.
on May 9,2013 | 05:48AM
loquaciousone wrote:
I sure it's standard practice in Brazil to clean a spear gun while it's cocked and ready to fire.
on May 9,2013 | 06:53AM
ezridah wrote:
you never know when a fish may attack you on land
on May 9,2013 | 08:22AM
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