“I side paddled and got back into shallow water and a couple of other guys came up and got me,” explained Andrew.
Andrew was rushed to a local hospital where he underwent a 2-1/2 hour surgery to remove a broken shark tooth that was embedded in his foot and to repair tendons that were lacerated.
Andrew, who explained his inexperience as a patient, spent the next four nights under the watchful eye of the doctors and nurses, who pumped him with an IV drip of antibiotics in an attempt to stave off a potential infection from the shark bite.
ST. AUGUSTINE, FL (WAWS/CNN) - A Florida surfer who was attacked by a shark escaped his assailant Friday, but not without leaving the water with a tooth in his foot.
Andrew Birchall fell victim to the shark, who also left three rows of teeth marks on his body. He said it felt like he was being hit with a sledgehammer.
Doctors performed surgery to remove the tooth and reconnect his severed tendons.
Birchall said he’s been surfing for 30 years but never though he would be attacked.
"You know, once I pulled my foot out of the water I saw it. I could see the teeth marks," said Birchall.
The tooth was sent away for testing.
Birchall said he wants it back to add to his story.