Florida teen to have leg amputated after attack by 9-foot shark

Hospital says girl’s leg will be amputated due to extensive injuries

A teenage girl describes being attacked by a shark off Florida.

TAYLOR COUNTY, Fla. – A Florida teen who was attacked by a 9-foot shark while scalloping is having surgery this week to have her right leg amputated above the knee.

The 17-year-old girl was off the coast of Keaton Beach on Thursday when she was attacked by a shark in water around 5 feet deep, according to the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office.

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According to investigators, a family member jumped in the water “and beat the shark until the juvenile was free.”

She was taken to Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare where she underwent several surgeries. The hospital said in a Facebook post the girl’s brother, who is a firefighter/EMT, fought off the shark and worked with other boaters to control the bleeding.

The hospital said her injuries are “so extensive” her leg will be amputated above her right knee during a procedure on Tuesday.

Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare said the girl’s mother called it “the best-case scenario” and “best option to get her back to the most normal life possible.”

The girl is staying upbeat, according to the hospital, and has a long road to recovery ahead.

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Brenda Argueta is a digital journalist who joined ClickOrlando.com in March 2021. She graduated from UCF and returned to Central Florida after working in Colorado.