Brave Shark Attack Survivor, 16, on Losing His Arm: I Will 'Fight and Live a Normal Life'
One of the brave survivors of the two shark attacks Sunday in North Carolina has spoken out about the grisly incident, while still recovering in his hospital bed.
Hunter Treschl, 16, opened up about losing his arm in the attack and how he vows to “live a normal life” in a series of videos released in recent days by the New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, North Carolina.
The Colorado native described the first moment he felt the animal graze his leg while he was playing in the waist-deep water with his cousin off the coast of Oak Island.
Wearing a hospital gown, he calmly described on camera, “Then I felt it … one more time and it kind of hit my arm and that was the first I saw it when it was biting up my left arm kind of.”
In another clip, he remembered arriving at the medical center where he was surrounded by roughly 25 people who helped “fix my arm up,” he recalled, “and they did a pretty good job on it, too, from what I hear,” Treschl said with a smile.
But Treschl has plans to take the high road, saying, “I have kind of two options.”
“I can try to live my life the way I was and make an effort to do that even though I don’t have an arm, or I can kind of just let this be completely debilitating and bring my life down and ruin it in a way,” he said. “Out of those two, there’s really only one that I would choose to do and that’s the first – to try to fight and live a normal life with the cards I’ve been dealt.”
Another young victim, Kiersten Yow, also lost a portion of her arm after a separate shark attack on the same day, on the same strip of shore.
“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,” the 12-year-old’s parents Brian and Laurie Yow said in a statement Tuesday.
“We want to thank the good Samaritans and emergency responders whose clear heads and quick actions saved Kiersten’s life,” the statement continued. “We also want to thank her extraordinary doctors and nurses in Wilmington and Chapel Hill.”
Yow, from Archdale, North Carolina, is out of surgery and remains in stable condition.
Three shark-bite incidents have been reported in Brunswick County in recent days. Another 13-year-old was injured in an attack while boogie-boarding Thursday in Ocean Isle Beach, according to WECT, about 20 miles up the coast from where Sunday’s attacks took place.