The 11-year-old boy bitten by a reef shark in shallow waters off Heron Island on Tuesday was lucky the shark's teeth had avoided most major arteries in his leg, surgeons at Lady Cilento Children's Hospital said.
The boy received surgery to his right calf muscle and would remain in hospital for at least a week while the wound was monitored. He was expected to make a full recovery, a hospital spokesperson said.
Shark bites boy at Heron Island
An 11-year-old boy is airlifted from Heron Island after being bitten on the leg by a Blacktip reef shark on Tuesday. 7 News Queensland
The boy's mother thanked all those involved.
"It was a terrifying situation for our family but fortunately our son is going to be OK," she said.
"Thank you to everyone who has helped us over the past few days at Heron Island, Gladstone Hospital and the Lady Cilento Children's Hospital."