Texas woman bitten by shark in Bahamas in good spirits

Lacy Webb Martin plans to make necklace out of shark's tooth

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. – A Texas woman who was bitten by a shark while vacationing in the Bahamas is in good spirits despite the "large pizza-size defect" to her torso, her doctor said Thursday.

"I'm happy to say that she's doing very, very well despite life-threatening injuries," Dr. Andrew Rosenthal said during a news conference at Memorial Regional Hospital.

Lacy Webb Martin, 34, was flown to South Florida after she was bitten by what is believed to be a tiger shark while snorkeling with her husband in the Bahamas.

Martin was flown to Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood.

"We haven't seen an injury to this degree in many years," Rosenthal said.

Martin has already undergone two successful surgeries, but she still faces several more before she can return home to Dallas.

"She has her sense of humor back, making small jokes," husband Britt Martin said.

During the most recent surgery, doctors removed a small shark's tooth.

"She said she's going to make a necklace with a shark tooth," Britt Martin said.

Despite the life-threatening injury, Rosenthal said she is doing remarkably well.

"When the patient has a great attitude then everything is possible," Rosenthal said.

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