N. TX woman bit by shark in Bahamas continues to recover

The Dallas woman attacked by a shark while on vacation in the Bahamas is continuing her recovery.

Lacy Webb-Martin and her husband are now back in Dallas after Lacy was released from a Florida hospital.

Six weeks ago, an 8-foot bull shark took a bite the size of a pizza out of her.

At the time she was bitten, she had recorded a few seconds of GoPro video when she felt a big bump in her back, then a shake.  She says she knew it was a shark. 

"I just remember thinking maybe he just bumped me real hard and he didn't take a bite," she said. "It was that pain-free. But once I reached back and felt the wound and felt the severity of the situation, I knew that we needed to act quickly."

"When she first got bit, I thought she was joking around with me," said her husband, Britt Martin. "And then when she pulled herself up, all of a sudden I was seeing the severity of the bite…like she was saying, about the size of a large pizza folded in half around her body."

The frenzy that followed included two boat rides and a chartered medical flight – all while doctors couldn't guarantee Lacy would survive.

She underwent two surgeries, and during one, doctors removed a shark tooth from her body.

Lacy's managed care revolves largely around a device she carried with her called a wound V.A.C. She says it keeps her injured spot sterile and encourages tissue regrowth.

"I can't see it, but I hear everybody saying ‘Oh, look! That's grown in. That's new…' We've been told a lot by doctors that being in good spirits is so important."

Lacy is not finished with surgery -- she has reconstructive procedures she'll undergo oonce her recovery is at a certain point.

But the couple is happy that she's progressing.

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