Doctors: Face-chewing victim plays guitar

Ronald Poppo being treated at Jackson Memorial Perdue Medical Center

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Ronald Poppo, a homeless man, had much of his face eaten off by Rudy Eugene near the Miami Herald building.

MIAMI - The victim who had much of his face chewed off continues to recover at a long-term care facility in Cutler Bay, where he has learned to dress himself and play guitar, doctors with Jackson Memorial Hospital said Monday.

Doctors were expected to release video and photos of Ronald Poppo showing his day-to-day activities during a news conference on Tuesday.

Rudy Eugene attacked Poppo on May 26, 2012, along the MacArthur Causeway in Miami, police said. An officer who responded shot and killed Eugene.

After spending nearly a month at the Ryder Trauma Center, Poppo was transferred to Jackson Memorial Perdue Medical Center.

In the past year, Poppo, who is blind, has gained more than 50 pounds, doctors said. An occupational therapist taught him how to dress himself, feed himself, shower, and shave.

Poppo continues to see doctors at Jackson Memorial Hospital for his facial injuries. Miami Lighthouse for the Blind also provides services to him.

In a report on the investigation, Poppo told police that Eugene accused him of taking his bible. In the interview, Poppo reportedly told police he did not have anything belonging to Eugene.

Police initially believed Eugene was on bath salts at the time of the attack, but only marijuana was found in his body after an autopsy.

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