Doctors Dispute Reports On Shark Victim's Condition

(Pensacola, Florida-AP) -- Doctors treating a boy whose right arm was bitten off by a shark , and then reattached, are disputing reports that he's showing signs of improvement.

A doctor who helped reattach the arm at a different hospital says she examined Jessie Arbogast today and saw the arm move and his eyes open. But physicians who are now caring for the 8-year-old say there's been no significant signs of improvement.

He remains in a light coma and is listed in critical but stable condition.

Massive blood loss injured all his organs and has apparently caused some brain damage.

You can help Jessie Arbogast several ways.

  • You can contribute money to his account at Hancock Bank:
    • Jessie Arbogast Medical Fund
      Hancock Bank
      PO Drawer 609
      Ocean Springs, Mississippi 39566
      Account Number: 012428229
  • You can send cards and well-wishes to Jessie and his family there at the hospital:
    • Family of Jessie Arbogast
      C/O Sacred Heart Children's Hospital
      5151 North 9th Avenue
      Pensacola, FL 32504
  • Also, the Ocean Springs Park Commission is holding a charity car wash to help Jessie. It will be Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Discount Auto Parts in Ocean Springs.

You can also visit the Sacred Heart Children's Hospital Web site for daily updates on Jessie's condidion.