A 14-year-old boy who authorities say spat out a bullet after being accidentally shot in the neck by a deer-hunting companion amazed doctors Friday with his grit and good fortune.

Kevin D. Panten was listed in good condition at University of Minnesota Hospital in Minneapolis and was expected to fully recover from a shattered jawbone and pierced esophagus suffered Thursday."He's doing super," said his mother, Janet Panten. "Doctors say the damage was minimal.

The accident occurred Thanksgiving morning near Spooner in northwestern Wisconsin while Kevin and a companion were hunting for deer in a densely wooded area, said Bart Halverson, a state Department of Natural Resources safety specialist.

According to Halverson, the companion fired a shot at a passing deer with a .270-caliber rifle but missed the animal and struck Panten.