Brave 10-Year Old Shark Bite Victim Wades Back Into The Ocean To Save Her Friend


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On Wednesday, August 19th, ten-year-old Florida resident Kaley Szarmack was wading in knee-deep ocean waters at a Jacksonville beach, when she experienced a sharp pain in her right leg. Thinking that a crab was holding on to her, the young girl looked down only to see multiple lacerations on both sides of her leg. Soon after, Kaley noticed the dorsal fin of what appeared to be a three-foot-long shark darting away from the crime scene.

Shouting a quick warning to her six-year-old friend that was also in the water, Kaley hobbled out to get help from her family that was sitting further up on the beach. But when she turned around she realized that the girl had not heard her and was still happily splashing in the ocean. So Kaley wadded back in and pulled her young buddy to safety, before seeking help for her wounds.

The young hero was immediately rushed to Wolfson Children's Hospital where she underwent an hour-long surgery to repair the massive cuts from the shark's bite. Fortunately, other than the scar from the 90 stitches she received, Kaley is expected to recover completely from this scary incident.


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  • unipug2
    unipug2Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at 12:38 pm
    Kaley set a good example for us!
    • guardain
      guardainMonday, March 29, 2021 at 4:50 pm
      She is brave to be bit by a shark ow 🤕 🦈
      • dancergirl20
        dancergirl20Thursday, March 18, 2021 at 10:14 am
        She was so brave! Glad she wasn't hurt badly
        • mochifan210
          mochifan210Sunday, February 14, 2021 at 8:56 am
          This is the friend we all need! She is so brave! Love her.
          • roro12345
            roro12345Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 2:34 pm
            She is so brave.I would be SO SCARED
            • sami_playz
              sami_playzMonday, February 8, 2021 at 7:23 pm
              wow I have a fear of deep water but if my friend was in danger
              • peachy_vsco
                peachy_vscoSunday, February 7, 2021 at 3:21 pm
                I would do it for my friend.
                • unipug2
                  unipug2Saturday, February 6, 2021 at 7:47 am
                  Thank goodness she didn't suffer badly. What kind of shark was it? Mako, I think. Kaley was brave.
                  • cocoplays
                    cocoplaysFriday, February 5, 2021 at 9:01 am
                    • horse123456
                      horse123456Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 12:06 pm
                      I would be freaking out but I would totally save my friend
                    • lulu1028
                      lulu1028Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at 5:25 am
                      really brave