Boy's Arm, Retrieved from Shark's Gullet, Reattached
By Van Smith
Date: July 16, 2001
An eight year old Mississippi boy appears to be awakening from a coma induced by a shark attack. Jessie Arbogast was swimming at Gulf Islands National Seashore when a seven foot bull shark devoured his right arm and bit the child again on his right leg. Suffering from severe blood loss that damaged other organs, the young boy slipped into a deep coma.
The boy's uncle and a bystander captured the bull shark and hauled it ashore where it was shot. The boy's arm was retrieved from the shark's throat and reattached during an 11-hour surgery.
On Saturday the child squeezed the hand of a family member in response to prompting marking what appears to be a slow awakening from a light coma. The young boy had initially been in a deep coma for several days after the July 6th attack. Doctors are now hopeful that the boy may not have suffered brain damage as was initially feared.
More details can be found on MSNBC.