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Shark Attack Victims: Boy, 16, & Girl, 12: First Words Since Losing Limbs — Watch

Wed, June 17, 2015 11:26am EDT by Add first Comment

The two brave victims who lost their limbs in two separate shark attacks in North Carolina, have spoken out. Hunter Treschl shared his story from his hospital bed and said that even though he has lost his arm, he’s going to continue to ‘fight and live a normal life’.

Hunter Treschl, 16, and Kiersten Yow, 12, were the two victims who were viciously attacked by sharks on June 14. Hunter has bravely spoken out in a series of videos released by the hospital about the scary details that occurred that day.

“I didn’t see it coming,” Hunter said of the shark attack from his bed at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, North Carolina. “I was just in about waist-deep water, playing with my cousin … and felt this kind of hit on my left leg … like it was a big fish coming near you or something.”

He went on to say, “Then it just kind of hit my arm. That was the first I saw it, when it was biting up my left arm.” So scary, this poor kid. Somehow Hunter is still able to put on a brave face. He told the camera, “I’ve lost my arm obviously, so 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.”

Hunter added, “Out of those two, there’s really only one that I would actually choose and that’s to try to fight and live a normal life with the cards I’ve been dealt.” Wow, he’s truly a strong kid!

The Second Shark Attack Victim Remains In Stable Condition

The second victim Kiersten is currently in stable condition at N.C. Children’s Hospital in Chapel Hill, according to a statement released by her parents. Brian and Laurie Yow, told the press that their daughter “remains in stable condition and is receiving excellent care.”

They added that Kiersten’s road to recovery will be long and will include surgeries and rehabilitation, “but her doctors at (the University of North Carolina) expect she will keep her leg and for that we are grateful.”

Our thoughts are with both Hunter and Kiersten on their road to recovery.

— Brittany King