"Jason Lasser may have the ultimate fish story.
Kitesurfing Sunday off the coast of Florida, the Aspenite hit the top of a big wave that happened to have another inhabitant.
Lasser said Tuesday he believes his right foot struck a spinner shark in the mouth, opening a gash that severed tendons and ligaments.
“It felt like I hit a concrete pier,” he said. “I hit him, lifted my foot out of the water and thought, ‘Uh-oh.’”
Blood had not yet begun to flow out of the still-white wound when Lasser decided to get to the beach as soon as possible.
“I went in so fast my shorts came flying off,” he said. “I was mostly worried about my winky hanging out and something biting that.”
A surfer nearby helped him land his kiteboard, and his father took him to the emergency room — first, though, he took a group photo with his friends, the bloody foot featured prominently — at JFK Medical Center in West Palm Beach, where the story gets more interesting.
Before foot surgery that would leave him with 26 stitches, Lasser was given an electrocardiogram test.
The exam showed he had Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome, a heart condition that can lead to episodes of rapid heart rate. Lasser said he had periodically experienced a rapid heartbeat since childhood but had never been diagnosed with the syndrome.
And so on Tuesday, two days after the shark encounter, Lasser underwent heart surgery to alleviate the syndrome.
Lasser spoke about the incident before heading into the operating room, where he was worked on by a surgeon named, of course, Robert Fishel..." (Read more? Click title)
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