Woman loses arm in Bahamas shark attack

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While snorkeling last week in a shallow reef in the Bahamas, a North Carolina woman had her arm bitten off by a shark.

Tiffany and James Johnson were snorkeling on the last stop of their cruise vacation when Tiffany encountered the shark.

“I wasn’t in pain, it just felt like I had bumped into something so I just casually turned to my right to look to see and that’s when I was face-to-face with the shark,” said the mother of three.

Johnson recalled her struggle with the shark, saying “I kept trying to yank my hand back and the last time I yanked he had cut it clean off so I was able to actually get free,” Johnson said.

After hearing Tiffany scream, James intervened to assist her.

Doctors in the Bahamas were able to stop the bleeding, but Tiffany could not access further treatment in the United States due to passport and customs issues. Eventually, a medical evacuation company volunteered to pay for the flight cost to take Tiffany to Carolinas Medical Center where she is scheduled to undergo surgery later this week to prepare her for a prosthetic arm.

“I’m just so thankful. I’m thankful to be here,” Johnson said. “I’m thankful to be able to share this story and I hope, and I know, that it’s going to change people’s lives because you can’t hear this story and not see God in it.”

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