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Doctors Voice Optimism for Shark Attack Victim

July 14, 2001|From Times Wire Reports

Doctors gave their most optimistic report yet about 8-year-old Jessie Arbogast, saying the shark attack victim is expected to survive and is no longer in a deep coma.

The boy was breathing on his own and responding to pain by grimacing, opening his eyes and making slight body movements, doctors said at Sacred Heart Children's Hospital in Pensacola.

He remains in critical condition. The biggest concern remains whether he suffered brain damage.

The Ocean Springs, Miss., boy was attacked July 6 by a 7-foot bull shark, losing his right arm and suffering a deep wound to his right leg. His arm was retrieved from the shark's gullet and reattached.

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