Australian doctors save shark attack victim's arm
Australian doctors believe they have saved the arm of Lisa Mondy, the 24-year-old wakeboarder who was attacked by a great white shark in Port Stephens bay earlier this week, DPA reported.
Mondy is recovering in hospital in Newcastle, 130 kilometres north of Sydney, after being bitten on the head, neck and arm in Thursday's attack.
Port Stephens tour operator Frank Future said his employee was in for a long hospital stay.
He told national broadcaster ABC that Mondy had undergone six or seven hours of surgery on her left arm.
"They hadn't even begun patching up her neck or her face," Future said.
In wakeboarding, the rider is towed on a board behind a speedboat.
Witnesses said Mondy was dragged under twice before the boat crew managed to drive the shark away. There is an average of one shark fatality a year in Australia and about a dozen attacks.