A teenage girl, Addison Bethea, was scalloping with her family at Keaton Beach, Taylor County. A 9-foot shark wrapped his chin around his thighs Thursday afternoon.
17-year-old Bethea tried to “poke his eyes and hit”, but the shark with deep teeth did not give up.
Let Willingham, a brother of a girl who is also a first responder and a firefighter, “repelled a shark and pulled her” on a stranger’s boat.
Willingham put a tourniquet on his sister’s leg to prevent huge blood loss due to her “major injury.” At the same time, he said, according to the latest information on Addison’s condition, which was written as “awakening her and ultimately saving her life.” Posted online by her father Shane Bethea..
According to the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office, when the boat returned to the shore, she was airlifted about 60 miles to Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare for emergency surgery.
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Her father wrote in a social media statement that the nerves behind her thighs were severely damaged.
“Doctors aren’t sure about the condition of their legs at this point and want to take it every day to see what they have to do,” he wrote, and she by Friday morning. He added that he was wary.
“She was fine and joking about defeating sharks,” he said. “The first thing she asked for was Wendy’s frost.”
Bethea plans another surgery on Saturday afternoon, “to further investigate the extent of her foot injury and determine what treatment options are available to save her foot.” ..
According to a hospital statement posted on Facebook, “Addison is causing catastrophic damage to the soft tissue of his right foot.” “Addison is on a long road to recovery, but he was fine today, surrounded by his family in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at the Tallahassee Memorial.
Her father asked for prayer and thanked the people for “all support.”
“She isn’t out of the woods all at once, but she’s alive. That’s the most important thing for us,” he writes. “We thank you for all your support and Addison wanted to thank me for everyone.”
This was the first shark attack ever recorded in Taylor County, according to Tyler Bowling, director of the International Shark Attack File at the Florida Museum, the only scientifically validated shark attack database on the planet.
Fund for medical expenses created:
An account was created with the local North Florida Credit Union to help families with Bethea’s medical expenses. To donate, mail the Addison Bethea check in the memo to Buckeye Community Federal Credit Union, 1825 S. Jefferson St., Perry, Florida, 32348.
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This article was originally published in Tallahassee Democrat: Shark Attack on Keaton Beach: Florida Girl Stabilizes After Shark Bites