The 65-year-old man is recovering at Jackson Memorial Hospital . With his permission, two photos of the Poppo’s was released to the media.
Poppo suffered severe injuries from the assault on the Miami MacArthur causeway over 3 weeks ago. He lost one eye and his nose during the attack.
Approximately 50 percent of Poppo’s face was missing after the attack. Doctors say that he remembers the attack and realizes the amount of media coverage on him.
Nicholas Namias, co-director of JMH’s Ryder Trauma Center told reporters, “He’s pleased to report to all of you that he’s feeling well, he’s eating, he’s walking around with physical therapy, he’s talking with us.”
Poppo had been living in the streets in Miami since the 1970s. His medical bills are covered by Medicare and Medicaid. The hospital also set up a foundation to help Poppo’s situation and has raised $15,000.
Namias called him “an extremely charming man.”
The day of the attack came when Poppo was relaxing on the MacArthur Causeway. Suddenly a naked Rudy Eugene, 31, attacked him. A surveillance camera caught the attack where Eugene gnawed off Poppo’s face.