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Shark Attack Victim Still in Coma, Starts Therapy

July 31, 2001|From Times Wire Reports

Doctors began physical therapy on the 8-year-old boy recovering from a shark attack, moving his uninjured limbs as he remained in a light coma.

Officials at Sacred Heart Hospital said Jessie Arbogast has been showing slight neurological improvements daily. Pediatric specialist Dr. Rob Patterson said the boy is undergoing dialysis and his kidney functions have improved.

Jessie was bitten by a 6 1/2-foot bull shark near Pensacola on July 6. Doctors reattached his severed arm after 11 hours of surgery.

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