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Boy describes being impaled by javelin; doctors say he's lucky

May 11, 2010 |  6:54 am

A 15-year-old boy who was impaled by a javelin at a Pomona recreation center said he was running around when suddenly he saw the spear go through his body.

George Flores told KTLA News reporter Lu Parker that the javelin entered near the side of his hip and exited in his back.

"I ran into it," he said. "It went in the front and went out the back."

He said he and his friends found the javelin at the center, but it's unclear who threw it.

The accident occurred Sunday afternoon at Westmont Park Community Center on Ninth Street in Pomona.

Flores called for help and then pulled the javelin out of himself. He was released from a hospital Monday.

Doctors told him he was lucky. Had the javelin entered at a different location, he could have suffered much more serious injuries.

-- Shelby Grad