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St banker loses leg in shark attack
FROM DAVID ADAMS IN MIAMI
TUESDAY AUGUST 07 2001
A WALL STREET banker has had a leg amputated after being attacked by a shark during a weekend trip to the Bahamas. The victim is critically ill in hospital and has lost so much blood that doctors fear that he has suffered brain damage.
Krishna Thompson, 36, who was celebrating his tenth wedding anniversary, left his wife in bed while he headed for the beach in the Grand Bahama resort of Our Lucaya. As he swam he felt the shark bite him and try to pull him under.
He punched and kicked his way free and, bleeding badly from his mauled leg, dragged him ashore and collapsed in front of bystanders who were struggling to help him.
Before he lost consciousness he scrawled his room number in the sand with his finger. His wife, Ave Maria, said: “He knew that was the only way they were going to find me in time.
“He was just swimming off the beach when a shark grabbed his leg and started pulling him down,” Mrs Thompson, 34, said. “He kept punching and punching. He has cuts on his hands because of that.”
After being given a blood transfusion at a local hospital he was flown to Miami, where surgeons amputated his left leg just above the knee.
Mrs Thompson said that her husband was conscious and was able to tell write a description of the attack on a notepad. Although he appeared to be alert doctors had warned her that there was a possibility of brain damage and other complications.
The attack is the latest in a series this year. No one knows what breed of shark attacked Mr Thompson but doctors told his wife that the bite marks indictated that it was a large one.
Copyright 2001 Times Newspapers Ltd.
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