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Husband accidentally shoots wife with harpoon

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Posted at 11:12 AM, May 09, 2013
and last updated 2013-05-09 11:12:43-04

A 28-year-old woman almost lost her life after her husband accidentally shot her in the mouth with a harpoon, Brazilian officials said Wednesday.

The Rio de Janerio State Health Department said the woman’s husband was cleaning her spear gun when it went off, firing a harpoon that hit her cervical spine.

Elisangela Borborema Rosa underwent emergency surgery after she was rushed to the hospital.

Neurosurgeon Allan da Costa says the harpoon came within one centimeter of killing the woman. He said he expects her to fully recover.

Officials are looking into the case but they don’t believe the husband tried to kill her.