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Miami “zombie” victim’s post-surgery words: “Go Heat”

Jun 12, 2012, 3:31 PM EDT

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Ronald Poppo has had as bad a couple weeks as a person can have. The Miami man was homeless to start with, then on May 26 a naked crazed “zombie” in an altered condition attacked him and ripped so much of Poppo’s face off he was unidentifiable.

He’s gone through a couple weeks of surgery, has lost one eye and may never have full vision in the other, has an infection in his face, still needs to have his nose reconstructed and will be in the hospital for a while.

But he is in remarkably good spirits and according to a report from Gawker (warning: graphic image at that link) he had a message he wanted to get out.

Dr. Nicholas Namias spoke with Poppo this morning, and said he had two words he wanted to convey: “Go Heat.”

Good to see the support, because if LeBron James doesn’t have a spectacular finals his haters will come out like zombies looking for their own pound of flesh on social media.

  1. FakeHustle - Jun 12, 2012 at 3:40 PM

    but all you ppl picked OKC to win right?

  2. bankai78 - Jun 12, 2012 at 4:08 PM

    Definitely don’t agree with his statement, but my thoughts and prayers go out to this man.

    • 808raiderinparadise - Jun 12, 2012 at 7:59 PM

      Prob doesn’t even like the Heat, just looking for some extra face time.

      EEK! Sorry I had to. Terrible joke.

      In all seriousness makes you say a few extra prayers at night. Can’t even imagine the horrid fear/pain this man endured .. maybe its all part of Gods plan and he gets on his feet after surgery and with a few willing donors from the publicity around the event he can start a new life with a roof over his head and make a change.

  3. Jason Clary - Jun 12, 2012 at 4:20 PM

    At least there’s one thing that present time and the post-apocalyptic zombie era have in common – THE HEATTTTTTTTTTTT

  4. myvickinabox14 - Jun 12, 2012 at 4:23 PM

    That picture is horrifying. Poor guy. I will kill a zombie so fast

  5. iknowzeroaboutsports - Jun 12, 2012 at 4:33 PM

    This should not be considered news.

  6. franchiseplaya - Jun 12, 2012 at 4:34 PM

    the next time you piss and moan about your team losing, remember this poor man and remember things could be worse. what a horrific attack to happen to an already destitute person. prayers go out to this man. there but for the grace of god…

  7. rodge1 - Jun 12, 2012 at 4:46 PM

    It’s truly scary that this could really happen in this time we live in. Hopefully this tragic event will keep people away from’bath-salts’ and/or whatever drug(s) the zombie was on.

  8. bougin89 - Jun 12, 2012 at 5:03 PM

    Man, this guy is pretty remarkable. He gets his face eaten off by a lunatic zombie dude and some of the first words he says are “Go Heat”. I wish him well on his long road to recovery.

  9. burm61 - Jun 12, 2012 at 5:14 PM

    LMAO at you people that feel bad for this guy. He was on the same LSD as his attacker.

  10. jh4prez - Jun 12, 2012 at 5:20 PM

    This nation is sports obsessed and i love it!

  11. rodge1 - Jun 12, 2012 at 5:21 PM


    That doesn’t matter you idiot. Be thankful you have a slightly better life than the victim. And by ‘slightly’ I mean you have a computer and the victim doesn’t.

  12. govtminion - Jun 12, 2012 at 6:36 PM

    Good god, that image is going to haunt my dreams…

    Can’t agree with his cheering the Heat, but best of luck to the guy on his recovery. Holy crap…

  13. magicbucs - Jun 12, 2012 at 6:36 PM

    Cannibalism, where else but in Miami lol this poor man. Sick story and horrific pictures. If you haven’t seen them google it.

  14. seahawksbmx - Jun 12, 2012 at 6:54 PM

    Poor guy. Hopefully the Heat can take out the Zombie Sonics for him.

  15. turnmymicup - Jun 12, 2012 at 7:41 PM

    GO HEAT!!!!

  16. patriots55 - Jun 12, 2012 at 8:42 PM

    Get better

  17. detroitcityryda - Jun 12, 2012 at 9:43 PM

    I eat girls clit$ all day call me Hannibal the pusseybal

  18. j0esixpack - Jun 12, 2012 at 9:48 PM

    That’s classic! I can’t stand the Heat but you gotta love that type of comment from a guy who’s looking at a LONG road of painful surgery.

    It show’s he’s got a smart sense of humor as well (no doubt helped by a few weeks of being “clean” in the hospital.

    I can’t believe the Feds can’t get artificial marijuana off the market… ‘dems some serious munchies it causes.

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