Burn and Reconstructive Centers of America at Kendall Regional Medical Center save a 15-year-old attacked by a bull shark

September 15, 2021

Miami, FL—Burn and Reconstructive Centers of America (BRCA) at Kendall Regional Medical Center recently treated a 15-year-old attacked by a bull shark while lobster fishing at Ocean Reef in Key Largo, FL.

On August 7, 2021, Lucas Cruz had only been in the water for 15-20 minutes when a bull shark attacked him, causing significant tissue damage and lacerations to his lower extremities. Cruz’s injuries included a bite to the upper inner thigh of his right leg, a bite to the front of his left leg as well as a bite that went from the knee down, damaging muscles and severing his left Achilles.

Suffering extensive blood loss at the scene, Cruz was airlifted to Kendall Regional Medical Center, where he spent the next 11 days.

The Monday following the attack, BRCA’s Dr. Haaris Mir, Burn Medical Director at Kendall Regional Medical Center, did surgery on the front and back of Cruz’s left leg. That Friday, Dr. Rizal Lim worked to repair the right leg using cadaver skin grafts.

Cruz is in recovery back home, using a wheelchair and walker to get around, and works with a physical therapist three times a week.

Kendall Regional Medical Center is a Level 1 Trauma Center verified by the American College of Surgeons that includes a burn program verified by the American Burn Association and BRCA doctors and surgeons who provide care for burn, wound and hand injuries.

For more information about Burn and Reconstructive Centers of America, contact Christy Maraone, VP of Marketing, at or 855-863-9595.


Since 1978, Burn and Reconstructive Centers of America has provided world-class burn, hand, wound and reconstructive care to patients from across the country and world. With 17 locations and 397 beds in 10 different states, more than 45 physicians and 115 advanced practice providers and a 24/7 call center, BRCA is the nation’s largest, most extensive burn care system, handling 20% of the national burn admissions and 16% of the nation’s dedicated burn beds. In addition, the JMS Burn Center at Doctors Hospital of Augusta, Georgia, is the largest individual burn center in America with 99 total beds, including the recently opened Fred Mullins, M.D., Burn Tower. For more information, visit


Miami-based Kendall Regional Medical Center, an award-winning 447-bed teaching hospital, is recognized for providing a wide array of services to the South Florida community and abroad. Kendall Regional offers 24-hour comprehensive medical, surgical and diagnostic services, including a Level I Trauma and Burn unit for adults and children, comprehensive stroke, pediatrics and maternity services, and an orthopedic and spine institute. For over 45 years, Kendall Regional has been committed to expanding and improving every facet of the organization. Today, the hospital has grown into a major tertiary-care teaching facility, with more than 1,000 physicians and specialists, 2,000 employees and seven graduate medicine education programs. Kendall Regional Medical Center has been honored nationally with many prestigious awards and accolades, including being named a 250 Best Hospital in America by Healthgrades for three consecutive years, most recently in 2021. The main campus of Kendall Regional Medical Center is located at 11750 Bird Road, Miami, FL 33175. For more information visit or call 305-223-3000.