Colorado teenager learns to live life after shark bit off one of his arms


Hunter Treschl

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- We’ve heard a lot about shark attacks along the East Coast this year. Nearly a dozen in the past two months.

That includes one Colorado teenager who was on vacation in North Carolina when a shark bit off his left arm. Hunter Treschl is back in Colorado Springs, learning how to live his life again, without one of his arms.

Hunter said he was just at the wrong place at the wrong time.

“I have better chances of winning the lottery than getting bit by a shark," he said.

But the odds were against him on June 2, when he was wading in waist-deep water off the coast of North Carolina when a shark jumped out of the water and bit his arm off.

“It just jumped out of the water and grabbed my arm. Because I think my hand was still in the water a little bit so it grabbed that and kind of climbed its way up," Hunter said.

He knew right away his arm was gone.

“Oh, yeah I realized. Because people were freaking out and I was ... I’m lying on the beach and my arm is elevated like this (raises arm) and I’m like 'Oh.' It was you know bleeding a lot and there was bone sticking out. So yeah. I didn't really want to look at it," he said.

One man tied on a tourniquet before paramedics arrived. Hunter was transported to the hospital in critical condition. Paramedics tried to keep him calm.

Hunter remembers, “She’s like 'Oh, no, you're going to be fine.' I’m like, 'Man, you're just trained to say that because otherwise I’m going to freak out.'”

Now, a month later, Hunter is trying to get back to his normal life.

He is waiting for his arm to heal before he can get a prosthetic limb. He is playing Frisbee, learning to drive and playing video games with the help of a new foot pedal that takes the place of his left hand.

To help Hunter, his friends have set up a GoFundMe account to help him pay for his medical and travel expenses.

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