The family of Kiersten Yow, the 12-year-old who lost a portion of her arm in a shark attack on Sunday in North Carolina, has spoken out.
“She has a long road to recovery that will include surgeries and rehabilitation, but her doctors at UNC expect will she keep her leg, and for that we are grateful,” Brian and Laurie Yow said in a statement.
Yow was transferred to North Carolina Children’s Hospital at UNC on Monday, where she remains in stable condition.
“We want to thank the good Samaritans and emergency responders whose clear heads and quick actions saved Kiersten’s life,” the statement reads. “We also want to thank her extraordinary doctors and nurses in Wilmington and Chapel Hill.”
Yow, of Archdale, North Carolina, had just completed sixth grade, according to The Courier Tribune.
“This has been an extraordinarily traumatic event for our entire family,” they said. “We need time and space to come to terms with what has happened and to help Kiersten recover.”
Sixteen-year-old Hunter Treschel, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, was attacked by a shark in the same area just 90 minutes after Yow.
According to WNCN, Treschel lost his arm. They are both out of surgery and remain in stable condition at the hospital.