The mother of a 13-year-old boy who suffered a large shark bite while lobster fishing in California said Monday that it’s a miracle her son survived.

Keane Webre-Hayes ate a cup of noodles and a doughnut and is talking and alert, said his mother, Ellie Hayes. He is eager to resume playing baseball and get back in the ocean.

Someone brought a mask and snorkel to him at Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego, and he said he wasn’t afraid of the water.

In this photo provided by Rady Children’s Hospital, Keane Webre-Hayes, 13, poses for a photo as he recovers at the hospital in San Diego on Monday, Oct. 1, 2018. Webre-Hayes was expected to recover after a shark attacked him while he dived for lobsters in Southern California, hospital officials said Sunday. (Ellie Hayes/Rady Children’s Hospital via AP)

“He said, ‘Mom, the chances are so much more slim on the second bite,” she said to laughter of reporters who heard her speak publicly about Saturday’s attack for the first time.

Hayes said she was standing on a cliff in the parking lot in the San Diego suburb of Encinitas when she heard the commotion, though she didn’t see the shark.

Ellie Hayes, the mother of Keane Webre-Hayes, reacts as she speaks about her son’s recovery, alongside her husband, Ben, right, at a hospital Monday, Oct. 1, 2018, in San Diego. Webre-Hayes was expected to recover after a shark attacked him while he dived for lobsters in Southern California, hospital officials said Sunday. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Her son was with a friend diving in about 9 feet (2.7 meters) of water about 150 yards (137 meters) offshore of the San Diego suburb of Encinitas when he was attacked. Witnesses estimated the shark was about 11 feet (3 meters) long, but the type was not known.

A trio of rescuers pulled the badly-bleeding boy to a kayak and applied pressure. He was airlifted to the hospital.

Ellie Hayes, the mother of Keane Webre-Hayes, reacts as she speaks about her son’s recovery, alongside her husband, Ben, right, at a hospital Monday, Oct. 1, 2018, in San Diego. Webre-Hayes was expected to recover after a shark attacked him while he dived for lobsters in Southern California, hospital officials said Sunday. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

“We got very, very lucky, and we know it, and we are very thankful,” Ellie Hayes said alongside her husband and Keane’s stepfather, her voice choking as she spoke of how much she loved her son.

Dr. Tim Fairbanks, chief of pediatric surgery at Rady’s, said Webre-Hayes remained in serious condition from what he described as a very large and very deep bite that reached the chest wall. It tore his left upper back, shoulder, torso, face and ear but did not damage his vascular system.

A man surfs a wave Monday, Oct. 1, 2018, at Beacon’s beach, where a shark attack occurred Saturday, in Encinitas, Calif. Hospital officials say the 13-year-old boy is expected to recover after being attacked by a shark while diving for lobsters in Southern California. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

“Keane wants you to know he has all his limbs, and he’s going to be going home fully intact,” Fairbanks said. “We’re thrilled to be where we are right now. But we still need to get him across the finish line and get him all the way better.”

Hayes was reluctant to speak in detail about the incident but said her son was insistent about wanting to go lobster diving.

A surfer leaves the water Monday, Oct. 1, 2018, along Beacon’s beach, where a shark attack occurred Saturday, in Encinitas, Calif. Hospital officials say the 13-year-old boy is expected to recover after being attacked by a shark while diving for lobsters in Southern California. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

“He had said, ‘Mom, I’m going to make you a lobster dinner tonight,’ so he owes me one,” she said.

Hayes said the one word she would choose to describe her son is nice, but she also used brave, strong and athletic.

“He’s a warrior,” she said. “I didn’t know he was that good of a swimmer.”

Source: The Associated Press

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