A 34-year-old American tourist, bitten by what is believed to be a bull shark while swimming in the area of Tahiti Beach on January 6, is now recovering in a South Florida hospital.
Lacy Webb Martin, a resident of Texas, and her husband, Britt, were swimming in the area of Tahiti Beach during their annual trip to the Bahamas when she said she was bitten by a shark.
“She was so calm that I thought she was kidding,” Mr. Martin told Local 10 News. “So I swam over there and she pulled herself up on the boat and she was missing half her back.” He added that she fainted as she was pulled into the boat due to the severity of the bite.
“We pulled her up on the boat and just wrapped her in a tourniquet with towels and, luckily, there was a doctor on one of the other boats from New York and she came over and they radioed the medics,” Mr. Martin said.
Mrs. Martin was flown via Trinity Air Ambulance International to South Florida, where she arrived Tuesday night. She was taken to Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood.
During a news conference at Memorial Regional Hospital, Dr. Andrew Rosenthal said that she is in good spirits despite the “large pizza-size defect” to her torso. “I’m happy to say that she’s doing very, very well despite life-threatening injuries.”
“We haven’t seen an injury to this degree in many years,” Rosenthal said.
Having already undergone two successful surgeries, Mrs. Martin still faces several more before she can return home to Dallas.
During the most recent surgery, doctors removed a small shark’s tooth. “She said she’s going to make a necklace with a shark tooth,” her husband said.