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Shark-bite victim in coma; doctors fear brain damage

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PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — Family members of the 8-year-old boy who survived a shark attack take turns standing at his bedside in an intensive care room crammed with machines helping him fight for life.

Jessie Arbogast remained in a coma in critical but stable condition Tuesday at Sacred Heart Children's Hospital where doctors say he likely suffered brain injury although they were unsure to what extent.

Surgeons reattached the boy's right arm after it was bitten off by the 7-foot bull shark Friday while he was wading in knee-deep water on a Florida Panhandle beach. The boy's uncle and another beachgoer then wrestled the shark to shore, where a ranger shot it and pried its jaw open while a firefighter pulled the arm out of the shark's gullet.