No foot sensation, but Leeanne Ericson is able to walk – Orange County Register

A doctor caring for shark attack victim Leeanne Ericson said at a press conference, Tuesday, June 20, that her patient has feeling in her right leg, after her injury at San Onofre State Beach on April 29.

Dr. Gail Tominaga, Ericson’s admitting trauma surgeon at Scripps Health in La Jolla, said when Ericson was first brought in she was unstable and doctors were “not sure if she was going to survive.”

Ericson was bit by the shark from her right glute down her leg.

Leeanne Ericson was attacked by a shark at San Onofre State Beach on April 29.

“She has been able to get up and has feeling in her leg,” Tominaga said. “Her emotions and spirit are positive and optimistic. She’s pretty amazing for all that she’s been through.”

Tominaga reviewed the immediate care Ericson received when she arrived at the trauma center.

Ericson was listed as unstable and needed transfusions because of blood loss. She also had to be put on antibiotics for atypical infections “due to the ocean waters and shark’s mouth.”

During her recovery, she’s had six plastic surgeries, and repairs to her sciatic nerve were done on May 8. She had skin grafting on May 19 to close her wounds.

She has soft tissue loss and weakness in her leg, and no sensation in her foot along with foot drop. “That has been improving, slowly,” Tominaga said. “That is going to take some time.”

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