MELBOURNE, Fla. (CBS Tampa) — A 9-year-old boy had his Achilles’ tendon severed during a shark attack off Patrick Air Force Base.

Florida Today reports Christian Sanhueza was boogieboarding in chest-deep water near The Tides Collocated Club on Saturday when the attack occurred.

“I saw it and it come right to my foot and then it just bit me and pulled me under water,” the boy told WFTV.

Melissa Sanhueza, Christian’s mom, was right near her son when the 3-foot shark bit her son.

“It happened fast. As soon as he went under, he shot right back up, screaming, ‘Mommy! A shark bit my foot!’” she told Florida Today. “I grabbed him and ran.”

On top of the severed Achilles’, Christian also suffered ligament damage.

“I wanted to give the glory to God for my son and for we understand that it could have been a lot worse,” Reinaldo Sanhueza told WFTV.

The family was at the beach to celebrate Christian’s birthday.

Christian has undergone two surgeries at Holmes Regional Medical Center and could go under the knife again at the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, Florida Today reports.

“He’s an amazing kid,” Melissa Sanhueza told Florida Today. “Considering what just happened to him, he was very calm and brave. I’m proud of him.”

The attack happened in an area on the beach that’s not patrolled by the Brevard Ocean Rescue.

Christian is expected to be released from the hospital Friday.


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