MIAMI (CBS4) – Nearly one year ago Ronald Poppo was the target of one of the most gruesome attacks in South Florida’s history.
After his face was mutilated and eye gouged out by Rudy Eugene, Poppo was rushed to Jackson Memorial Hospital. On Tuesday several of the doctors responsible for his care talked about his progress.
“Mr. Poppo asked us to talk about him, to thank the community and the doctors for taking good care of him. He’s had a long year but he’s managed to cope quite well with what has happened to him,” said Dr. Wrood Kassira. “I’d say he’s content with where he is right now.”
While Poppo was not there in person, he did have a message which he delivered via a pre-recorded video.
Click the video below to watch Poppo’s message to the community.
“I thank the outpouring of people in the community,” said Poppo. “I just want to give thanks to the folks who helped me out. People who live in my predicament need to be helped out.”
A visibly heavier and happier Poppo expressed his thanks to everyone who supported him after the gruesome cannibal-like attack on the Macarthur Causeway last Memorial Day weekend. Eugene was walking across the MacArthur Causeway bridge and ran into Poppo, who was homeless at the time. Eugene had stripped off most of his clothes and began attacking Poppo and tearing his clothes off as well.
Poppo, who is blind, has undergone four surgeries to repair the damage done by Eugene who used his teeth to tear the man’s face apart.