Hunter Treschel, the 16-year-old boy who was bitten by a shark in North Carolina on June 14, says he didn’t feel anything during the attack.
“I’m thinking, ‘There’s no way this just happened, because there’s no pain,’ ” Treschl said on Good Morning America Thursday. “I didn t feel anything.”
Treschl, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, was on vacation in Oak Island, North Carolina, when he went swimming in the ocean. The teen walked into waist-high water for about a minute to rinse off some sand, and then everything happened “very, very quickly.”
“I saw the shark on my left arm,” he said. “It was halfway up my bicep, kind of. It just attached and then it wasn’t attached anymore.”
His cousin dragged him to the shore, and a stranger used his belt as a tourniquet on his arm. After the incident, the stranger friended him on Facebook.
Treschel has some advice for Kiersten Yow, the 12-year-old girl who was also attacked by a shark on the same day.
“Just stay strong. It s not a life-changing thing to lose an arm,” he shared.
Treschl had his left arm amputated below his shoulder, but he’s managed to keep a positive outlook.
“There’s nothing I can really do except focus on the future,” he said. “I have no power over a shark biting me, but I do have power over, like, what I do about it.”
The avid gamer, who was born left-handed, plans to continue playing on his PC and thinks that prosthetics could change his life.
“As time goes on, prosthetics technology is going to be just unreal compared to what we imagine today, and it’s always improving,” he said. “So, who knows, 30 years, it might be like having a second arm.”