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Name: Jessie Arbogast                                                                 
Born: 1993 Ocean Springs, Mississippi                                                 
Best Known As: The boy whose arm was bitten off by a shark                             
8-year-old Jessie Arbogast was swimming in the ocean near Pensacola, Florida on       
6 July 2001 when a 200-pound bull shark bit off his right arm. Arbogast's uncle,       
Vance Flosenzier, wrestled the shark out of the water; a park ranger shot the         
shark and Arbogast's arm was pulled from the shark's gullet. Arbogast was             
airlifted to the hospital, and doctors reattached the arm during 11 hours of           
surgery. Arbogast was released from the hospital on 12 August 2001 and                 
readmitted for brief stays later in the year. The prognosis for his long-term         
recovery is uncertain. A 2004 article in the Pensacola News-Journal reported           
that Arbogast was using a wheelchair and had trouble communicating, but was "growing   
like a weed."                                                                         
A rumor that the uncle was shark fishing at the time of the incident was               
declared a hoax by Florida newspapers.