Updated at 8:37 p.m., Friday, July 20, 2007
Shark bite victim faces long recovery
But "it's better than leaving the island in a box," he said yesterday.
Miller, a 36-year-old civil lawyer from Toledo, Ohio, left his bed at The Queen's Medical Center for the first time today after undergoing surgery to repair his damaged leg.
He was groggy and barely kept his eyes open at times, and apologized for his appearance.
"I'm (usually) a bit of a jokester," Miller told reporters.
He had been looking at fish when an 8-foot tiger shark bit him in the leg around 3 p.m. Thursday.
The shark broke off the attack when Miller punched it below the dorsal fin.