Thursday, July 14, 2005

Shark attacks teen off Texas coast

A shark attacked a 14-year-old North Carolina girl in waters off the Texas coast near Galveston on Wednesday, ripping tendons in her left foot and leaving several teeth imbedded in her tissue.
The teen, Lydia Paulk, was taken to the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, where she was in fair condition after surgery, said hospital spokeswoman Jeanette Pretorius. Paulk was attacked in waist-deep water while swimming with family and friends, said her aunt, Kit Marshall.
"She was awake when she came into the emergency room," said Dr. Kelly Carmichael, an orthopedic surgeon. "Prior to her surgery and afterward, she was awake and talking."A second, follow-up surgery is scheduled for Friday.
The shark, which escaped, was about 5 feet long, Marshall said...


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