MIAMI -- The homeless victim who lost his eyesight and most of his face in a bizarre attack last Memorial Day weekend is playing the guitar and following the Miami Heat as he continues to recover.
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It's hard to believe it's been a year since homeless victim Ronald Poppo, now 66, was savagely attacked by Rudy Eugene on the MacArthur Causeway. Eugene, 31, is believed to have been high on bath salts, a synthetic drug similar to methamphetamine, at the time of the attack. (Toxicology results identified marijuana only, but authorities speculate that the bath salts metabolized quickly.) A surveillance camera near the causeway captured the 18-minute attack, which showed a naked Eugene brutally beating Poppo unconscious and chewing off Poppo's face. Authorities were unable to restrain Eugene and he was fatally shot by police. Poppo survived the attack with 80% of his face (including his nose and eyes) having been chewed off by Eugene. Poppo underwent extensive facial reconstruction at Jackson Memorial and received an outpouring of financial support from the public. Currently, he is off the streets and is "living happily" at a long-term care facility. Poppo receives occupational therapy as he adjusts to his new circumstances. In a recent video message (see link), Poppo thanks his supporters for their generous contributions to his treatment fund which now contains $100,000.00 for his ongoing care. If Poppo can find a reason to smile, I think we all can!