Hunter Treschl, the 16-year-old who lost his arm in a shark attack on Sunday off the coast of Oak Island, has been released from New Hanover Regional Medical Center in good condition, hospital officials announced on Thursday.
Treschl was one of two people bitten by a shark about 20 yards offshore of Oak Island on Sunday. He lost his arm in the attack; as did a 12-year-old girl whose family has asked for privacy about her identity and her condition.
The girl was swimming near the Ocean Crest Pier at 4:40 p.m. Sunday when she was attacked. An hour later, Treschl was bitten. Brunswick County emergency officials and surgeons have credited beach bystanders–including an off-duty Charlotte paramedic–with saving the kids’ lives in the shark attacks. Doctors completed surgery to repair the tissue structure of Treschl’s upper left arm, where it was severed, according to Dr. Gordon Hooks, who performed surgery on Treschl and the 12-year-old girl.
In a YouTube video posted by hospital officials, Treschl recalled Sunday’s attack and explained what’s next for him when he returns home to Colorado Springs, Colorado.
“It seems to me, at a certain point, I’ve lost my arm, obviously,” Treschl said. “So I have kind of two options: I can try to live my life the way I was and make an effort to do that, even though I don’t have my arm, or I can let this be completely debilitating and bring my life down and ruin it in a way.
“Out of those two, there’s really only one that I would chose and that’s to fight and live with the cards I’ve been dealt.”
Now that he’s been released from the hospital, the Treschl family has asked for privacy as he recovers.
“Thank you so much to everyone in the Wilmington community, in particular the New Hanover Regional Medical Center staff, for supporting and healing Hunter in this difficult time,” Hunter’s mother, Sarah Treschl, said in a statement. “I would like to thank his surgeon, Dr. Hooks, his nurses, Holly and Christy, and all the members of the staff who helped to care for him. I would like to thank my friends and family for their love and support, including Hunter’s school community, the Thomas MacLaren School.
“Finally, I thank and honor my son Hunter for his example of courage, resilience, optimism, and mental strength.”
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