A woman in California was brutally attacked by a 10-foot great white shark earlier this year and survived to tell the story.
Leeanne Ericson, was attacked on April 29, off the coast of San Diego. She was with her boyfriend, Dusty Phillips, at the time of the attack. They were sitting on his surfboard, less than the length of a football field from the shore, when suddenly Ericson was knocked off of the board and dragged to the bottom of the ocean floor.
She found herself directly in the path of a great white shark. She said she did not think it was real life, in an interview with ABC News.
Ericson began punching and striking the great white in the eye as she was being dragged down. She said, “I felt like I was digging out a cup of Jell-O.”
Her only concern was her breathing, she struggled to hold her breath. Meanwhile, Phillips immediately dove under the water but was unable to see a thing.
Ultimately they are not sure why the shark decided to let Ericson go. The shark bit her right thigh and backside down to the bone.
They managed to get back to shore, but Ericson was induced into a medical coma in an ambulance and later taken by helicopter to a local hospital.
After nine weeks in the intensive care unit and eight operations, Ericson is defying the odds.
However, there is still a long road ahead before she is physically and mentally ready to surf again.
Watch the full interview below:
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