Shark Attack Victim Shows More Signs Of Improvement

(Pensacola, Florida-AP) -- An 8-year-old shark-attack victim is showing signs of slow progress, as he moved his surgically reattached arm and wiggled his toes on command.

Dr. Juliet De Campos says Jessie Arbogast of Ocean Springs moved it while she was checking on him yesterday at Sacred Heart Children's Hospital in Pensacola. The boy remains in critical but stable condition.

The team of doctors tending the boy at Sacred Heart has issued a written statement saying Jessie had shown slow neurological progress. It says while he remains on a ventilator, it is on its lowest setting.

The doctors also say his heart rate and blood pressure remain fine. Doctors also have said Jessie likely suffered some brain injury from the blood loss and he was being monitored closely for signs of potentially fatal brain swelling. The latest brain wave tests show NO signs of swelling or stroke.

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.