The recovery of 8-year-old Jessie Arbogast, whose right arm was bitten off by a shark and then reattached, was complicated by internal bleeding Monday, doctors said.
Jessie, who also suffered a severe thigh wound from the 7-foot bull shark that took off his arm July 6, underwent an upper and lower endoscopic procedure at Sacred Heart Children's Hospital to locate and treat the bleeding in his lower gastrointestinal tract.
"He is responding well to medications," Dr. Rob Patterson said in a news release. "We've also backed off the tube feeding for now." Doctors last week inserted a tube through Jessie's nose for feeding directly into his intestines, but he was returned to intravenous nourishment because of the bleeding.
The Ocean Springs, Miss., boy remained in critical condition and a light coma, occasionally opening and fluttering his eyes, doctors said. They say he may not have suffered brain damage as initially feared, but they don't know yet.
Meanwhile, Michael Lee Waters, 48, a Pensacola electrician, was released from the same hospital complex after surgery to repair damage to his left foot caused by a shark bite he received while surfing Sunday 8 miles east of where Jessie was attacked in the Florida Panhandle. And on Florida's east coast, Tim Flanigan, 18, of Cincinnati was treated at Shands Hospital in Jacksonville, also after being bitten on the foot by a 3-foot shark while he was Boogie boarding off Amelia Island Sunday.