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Internal bleeding hinders shark attack victim

PENSACOLA, Florida (CNN) -- A hospitalized 8-year-old boy whose arm was bitten off by a shark and then reattached reportedly is suffering from internal bleeding.

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Jessie Arbogast's recovery in a Pensacola, Florida, hospital is being complicated by the bleeding, according to Sacred Heart Children's Hospital doctors who spoke with The Associated Press.

The boy was wading in knee-deep water at the Gulf Islands National Seashore on July 6 when he was mauled by a 7-foot bull shark, which tore off his arm and bit a large portion of his thigh. Jessie's uncle, Vance Flosenzier, wrestled the shark to shore and pulled the arm from its mouth. The boy's arm was reattached in an 11-hour operation later that night at Baptist Hospital in Pensacola before he was transferred to Sacred Heart.

Jessie remains in a light coma in critical but stable condition, the AP reported Monday.

Meanwhile, a man was treated and released from the hospital on Monday after undergoing surgery for what he described as a shark bite that happened off Florida, just miles from where Jessie was attacked.

Michael Waters, 48, was surfing when he was bitten Sunday, he said. On Wednesday, Sacred Heart Hospital announced that Waters' wound "might" have been caused by a shark, but that doctors were unsure.

Another man was treated and released, after being hurt in another shark encounter Sunday off Florida's Atlantic coast.

The 18-year-old man using a boogie board off Fernandina Beach on Florida's east coast, near the Georgia state line, suffered "small-to-moderate lacerations" to his right foot when a shark swam past, said Capt. John Hailey, of Nassau County Fire Rescue.

He was vacationing with his parents from Cincinnati, Ohio, was taken by ambulance to Shands-Jacksonville Hospital. A spokeswoman there said he was treated and released.







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