Jessica Vaughn survives shark attack in the Intracoastal Waterway.

BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. - Jessica Vaughn is on the road to recovery after a shark attack in the Intracoastal Waterway.

She was inner tubing with friends Sunday in Broward County when she suddenly felt something grab her leg---and a fin hit her face.

“At first I wasn't sure, but once I saw my leg, I knew it's not just a fish, it's a shark," she said.

Luckily her friends were able to get to shore safely and call 911 for help.

“I didn’t see much. I saw something just hit me and that was it. I just saw something black,” she said.

Doctors say Vaughn sustained puncture wounds, as well as an open wound where muscle damage occurred.

"It's probably the largest shark bite I've seen and I've been in the area 15, 20 years and I've seen altogether two or three shark bites and this is the largest one I've seen but not as large as I was expecting so I think she was lucky,”  said Doctor Zoran Potparic, a surgeon at Broward Health Medical Center,

Vaughn's surgeon says although the shark just barely missed several key arteries and veins--she's expected to make a full recovery.

Vaughn  is expected to be in a splint for three or four weeks.
 

Information from WPLG, WTVJ, CNN and the Associated Press contributed to this report


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