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Boy, 15, attacked by shark loses two-thirds of blood after beast ‘cut to bone’

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A teenager who was attacked by a shark on his 15th birthday miraculously survived despite losing two-thirds of his blood.

Lucas Cruz was celebrating the occasion on August 7 with his grandfather, mother, and other family members by searching for lobsters off the Florida Keys when the beast suddenly pulled him into the water.

He was savagely bitten on both legs before his family managed to pull him back into the boat, People magazine reports.

The Pinecrest, Florida teen lost 70% of the blood in his body and his legs had to be reconstructed in surgery as he somehow survived the ordeal and didn't need amputations.

Lucas, who is still recovering from his injuries said: "I thought it was the boat, but it wasn't because when I looked above the water there was no boat near me.

"So then I realized it was a shark.

"I kind of just bled out on the boat. It crossed my mind that I was going to lose my leg. Luckily I didn't."

Dr Haaris Mir, a surgeon and medical director at the Burn and Reconstructive Centers of America in Miami who helped reconstruct the teen's legs told the publication that there were teeth marks in his upper right thigh as well as his front left leg from the knee down, which left him with calf muscles "completely cut in half" right down to the bone.

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Reports say only an eight to 10-foot bull shark could be responsible for a bite as big as Lucas suffered.

The news comes after an American teenager almost lost her hand during a terrifying shark attack whilst on a family holiday in the Bahamas.

Sophia Scroggie, 19, recalled trying to kick away the bull sharks that lunged at her during an ocean swim with her younger sister Olivia.

The wounded teen was left with a shark tooth embedded in her flesh and forced to have two surgeries following the attack.

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