Friends of Injured Ocean Springs Boy Pray For His Recovery

Doctors of the 8-year-old Ocean Springs boy whose arm was severed in a shark attack said Sunday that he has made good progress since an operation to reattach his arm.

A shark attacked Jessie Arbogast Friday night while he swimming near Pensacola Florida. Surgeons spent 12 hours re-attaching the boy's right arm, which was bitten off below the elbow by a shark.

The news of Jessie's accident weighed heavily on the hearts of the congregation of St. Alphonsus Catholic Church in Ocean Springs where Jessie is an altar boy.

"Jesse is just one beautiful child," Father Bernard Farrell said.  "He is very very well mannered and comes from a very beautiful loving family."

Over in the neighborhood where the Arbogasts live, Jessie's friends say they like playing with him because he's easy to get along with. They say he's just the average eight year old.

"A boy who just went around the neighborhood and rode his bike and climbed trees and jumped out of them and everything," said friend Nancy Rogers.

Michael McLallen already has a message for his best buddy. "I'd tell him sorry about the shark bite and hope you get well soon." he said.

Teachers at Magnolia Park elementary school describe Jessie as a very affectionate child.

"When I walked along the hall, it wasn't unusual for him to come up and give me a big hug, very loving, very sweet, very dear, a precious family," teacher Denise Wilson said.

Doctors say the boy's arm shows no signs of infection. However, doctors say he may need up to 18 months to regain us of his arm.

By Danielle Thomas