Central Florida boy recovering from shark bite off Melbourne-area beach


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MELBOURNE, Florida — A central Florida boy is recovering after being bitten by a shark off a Melbourne-area beach.

Christian Sanhueza's mother told Florida Today (http://goo.gl/dRnfm9 ) that the boy celebrated his ninth birthday Tuesday at Holmes Regional Medical Center after undergoing two surgeries.

Melissa Sanhueza says she and her son were in chest-deep water Saturday afternoon off the Patrick Air Force Base beach when her son started yelling that a shark bit his foot.

While the shark was only estimated to be 3 feet long, it was big enough to sever an Achilles' tendon and cause ligament damage.

The boy will likely leave the hospital Friday, but he will still need additional surgeries.

Information from: Florida Today (Melbourne, Florida), http://www.floridatoday.com

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