Oak Island shark attack victim released from hospital

CHAPEL HILL, NC (WWAY) — The 12-year-old North Carolina girl who lost an arm in an Oak Island shark attack has been released from the hospital.

In a statement issued by the surgeon-in-chief at UNC Children’s Hospital, Kiersten Yow will continue her recovery at the Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte.

“Kiersten has made tremendous progress in her recovery,” Dr. Bill Adamson said. “With the skin grafts sufficiently healed, she was permitted to begin walking with assistance again on July 8, and already she is walking under her own power, increasing in both strength and distance each day.”

“Kiersten’s doctors have told us to expect to be in Charlotte at least three weeks, but determined as ever, Kiersten insists she’ll complete the program in two,” said Laurie and Brian Yow in a statement. “That’s our girl! We arrived at UNC shell shocked and bewildered but leave Chapel Hill strong and optimistic about what lies ahead.”

Yow was one of two people attacked at Oak Island on June 14th. Hunter Treschl, a teen from Colorado Springs, also lost an arm in the incident.

Click here to see more about Yow’s road to recovery.

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