California shark attack victim mayn’t be able to regain full use of her arm
The woman who was attacked by a shark off the coast of Newport Beach, California, over the weekend is expected to survive but it still too early to know whether she will regain full use of her arm, Dr. Phillip Rotter of Orange County Global Medical Center said.
Maria Korcsmaros was training for a half-triathlon when the shark attacked her, leaving her with a semi-circular bite stretching from the shoulder to pelvis. The 52-year-old swimmer also suffered lung lesions, fractured ribs and severe damage to muscles and skin of her upper arm & abdomen.
She was rushed to Orange County Global Medical Center, where Dr. Rotter treated her. Explaining the shark bites on the victim’s body, Dr. Rotter said one could see individual marks from shark’s individual teeth.
Marine biologist Chris Lowe, the director of Shark Lab at CSU Long Beach, said the bite probably came from a massive great white shark. The bite suggested that the shark was more than ten feet in length.
Noting that the white shark population off California has been growing, Lowe warned, “This is the sort of thing we expect to see increase.”
Lifeguards could not locate the white shark that bit Korcsmaros. To protect beachgoers, they closed the beach, keeping thousands of people out of the water over the holiday weekend.
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