12-year-old girl attacked by shark at Oak Island released from hospital

The 12 year old underwent several surgeries at UNC Hospitals. (Source: Kiersten Yow Support/ Facebook)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Twelve-year-old Kiersten Yow, who was one of two young people attacked by sharks in mid-June at Oak Island, has made big strides in her recovery and is now back home with her family in Archdale.

Kiersten Yow suffered life-threatening injuries from the violent shark attack when she suffered the loss of part of her left arm and serious injuries to a leg.

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She was released from UNC Children’s Hospital on July 13 after undergoing a number of reconstructive surgeries, but then transferred to Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte to complete an impatient rehabilitation program.

Yow’s family has been updating her progress on a support Facebook page.

A post from Friday night said, “Kiersten clicked her ruby red slippers (well sneakers) this morning and we are finally home!”

Doctors credited Kiersten’s recovery to her attitude during the time since the shark attack.

“Kiersten is a remarkable young lady, very independent and motivated to push her limits every day. Her determination and positive attitude have enabled her to make steady progress and will serve as her greatest allies, alongside her loving family, in the coming weeks,” said Dr. Bill Adamson, Surgeon-in-Chief at UNC Children’s Hospital.

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