A Brazilian woman is expected to make a full recovery after her husband accidentally shot her in the mouth with a harpoon.
Elisangela Borborema Rosa, 28, was struck with the spear when her husband mistakenly discharged his harpoon gun while he was cleaning it. Neurosurgeon Allan da Costa said the harpoon came within one centimeter of killing Rosa.
The incident happened on Monday in the town of Arraial. Police said all of the information they have uncovered leads them to believe it was a complete accident, BBC News reported.
“Everything indicates it was an accident, but we are investigating,” a police spokesperson said. "We don't think the husband tried to kill her. But once she fully recovers we will be able to question her and get a clearer picture of what happened."
Rosa was in the kitchen when the harpoon struck her in the mouth and became lodged against her spine. She was immediately rushed to the hospital. A team of specialists, including Costa, operated on her.
"This is the first case of this type I have seen," Costa said. "The peculiarity of this case is that the tip of the harpoon lodged itself between the anterior vertebral canal and the medullary canal.”
He added: "One centimeter further in, and she would have been paralyzed, one centimeter further out and it would have hit an artery which provides the brain [with blood] and she would have been dead."
Her husband uses the harpoon for underwater fishing.