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GREENVILLE, NC (AP) — A 6-year-old Durham girl bitten by a shark while riding a boogie board off Ocracoke Island has no plans to avoid the beach after the injuries to her leg and foot are healed.

Lucy Mangum’s parents, Jordan and Craig Mangum, told CBS’s “The Early Show” on Tuesday that their daughter loves the beach and the family plans to go back into the water as soon as it’s feasible.

The girl said little during interviews with CBS, ABC’s “Good Morning America” and NBC’s “Today Show” from Pitt County Memorial Hospital in Greenville, but her parents recounted the shark attack that severed muscles, an
artery and the Achilles tendon in her leg.

Craig Mangum is a physician and said he was pleased with his daughter’s recovery and predicted she would be walking and running again soon.

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