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Bethany Hamilton is able to surf again after shark attack


Bethany Hamilton is a teenager who lost he arm in a shark attack of the coast of Kauai, Hawaii in Fall 2003. It looked as if her career was all over. But just ten weeks later, she returned to the competition in Native Hawaii, never to give up the sport she loves. This extraordinary 14 year old teenager is incredible. Bethany Hamilton's harrowing story in her own unforgettable voice.

About Bethany Hamilton:

Bethany Hamilton was born into a family of surfers. She has a unique and passionate love for this sport. Ever since she has gotten her first surf board when she was a toddler. Bethany had always wanted to become a professional surfer since she started competing when she was only 4 years old. To begin with, everything was going fine until a something tragic happened! It was Halloween morning of 2003, she was surfing with her best friend Alana and the waves weren't very big. As Bethany was laying on her board soaking up all the beautiful sun, she put one arm in the water. All of a sudden she felt a tug and before she knew it the water was turning red, the shark banqueted her arm. Alana brother rushed to the truck to drive Bethany to the hospital as fast as they possibly could. Most importantly, Bethany survived.

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After losing more than 60 percent of her blood, and making it through several surgeries without infection, Bethany was on her way to recovery with an unbelievably positive attitude. Lifeguards and doctors believe her strong water sense and faith in God helped get her through everything she has gone threw. In just one month after the attack, Bethany returned to the water. As Bethany would say “It was what God had taught me growing up that helped me overcome my fear and get back on the board." ‘Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged". Friends of Bethany, which support shark attack survivors, inspire others through her life story, and is involved in numerous other charitable efforts. Bethany's parents pray to God and thank him for watching over there daughter. Bethany’ has truth, hope, and strength in herself.
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