But Poppo has refused additional reconstructive surgery. As of 2013, Poppo has gained 50 pounds and is recovering well.
“He’s a wonderful person. I couldn’t ask for a better patient.” said his nursing assistant, Patricia Copalko.
Poppo is thankful to his savior and to all the people who helped him.
“He continues to work with an occupational therapist, who taught him how to dress himself, feed himself, shower and shave. He is living happily at the long-term care facility, and adjusting to his new life.” the hospital wrote
“I think he wants the world to know that he’s not traumatized by this, that he’s happy and grateful,” said Dr. Urmen Desai, Poppo’s plastic surgeon at Jackson Memorial Hospital.
Watch the uncensored footage of the attack:
Here’s Poppo’s message:
It is unthinkable that this crime is still happening during our time. What do you think drove Rudy Eugene to commit this gruesome act? Is it due to addiction or another cause? Please share this story and let us know your opinion by posting your comments.