A pregnant Queensland visitor to Thailand, attacked in the shallow waters of Phuket by what experts believe was probably a shark, will stay in hospital for several more days.
The attack, which follows a recent spate of shark attacks around the world, made headlines in Australia and Thailand. “Pregnant Aussie’s tendons severed in ‘shark attack’”, was the headline on the Phuket Gazette. It seems the shark either ate the tendon or made off with it.
The publication reported that Bangkok Hospital Phuket doctors had told Jane Neame, who is six-months pregnant, that she needed to remain in hospital under observation to make sure no infections set in following surgery.
Speaking from her hospital bed, with her partner by her side, Neame said the injury was very painful.
“It severed my tendon. The fish took it away.”
The attack happened on the couple’s third day in Phuket, as they went for their morning swim and Neame was waist-deep in the sea.
She thinks she may have stood on the shark.
“I’m from Queensland, so we have sharks there. I wouldn’t have expected sharks to be here.”
Neame said that being pregnant, she didn’t let herself become too anxious but willed herself to stay calm.
She was full of praise for the doctors and Thai medical services, the Phuket Gazette reported, despite having to spend most of her week-long holiday in hospital.
Written by Peter Needham