A 17-year-old girl who lost her leg and two fingers in a scary shark attack last month said she can't change & # 39; what happened to her, but remains positive about the future.
Paige Winter is recovering at home after leaving the hospital in Greenville, North Carolina, where she had her leg amputated and had to undergo multiple operations to repair her hands after the June 2 attack.
She gave an update about her condition in an interview with Good morning America, because she says that she only focuses on her recovery and maintains a positive attitude since the June 2 attack.
The inspirational teenager revealed: & # 39;I can't change that I don't have a leg, I can't change that I can't use my hands now.
Paige Winter, 17, said that she is focused on her therapy and remains positive after amputating her leg and losing two fingers after an attack with sharks on June 2
Winter is adamant and she will be an advocate of sharks and their protection. She is depicted with a cartoon image of her and the shark
& # 39; I can determine what happens in the future, I can and that is what I want to do. & # 39;
She added: & # 39; The main focus at the moment is my therapy and my healing. I forget my other responsibilities and hopes and dreams and so on. & # 39;
Winter undergoes various types of aggressive physiotherapy daily and her physiotherapist claimed that she & # 39; phenomenally good & # 39; performs.
One of her treatments is mirror therapy, which she told Good Morning America to reduce & # 39; phantom pain in my leg & # 39 ;.
& # 39; (I am) a little nervous about my hands and the therapy I should do with it, & # 39; said Winter. & # 39; It will be pretty strict. & # 39;
She said doctors told her that she should regain a 95 percent position in her right hand, but they are less sure about how much she will regain in her left hand.
Footage showed the teenager with her family and friends at home. She was helped by a walker with a leg prosthesis and bandages were wrapped around both her hands.
She also drew a cartoon image of herself with a shark beside her to mark the one-month anniversary of the frightening attack.
On June 2, winter lay in the deep water at Fort Macon State Park with her brothers and sisters when a bull shark attacked her.
Winter undergoes various types of aggressive physiotherapy daily and her physiotherapist claimed that she & # 39; phenomenally good & # 39; is busy
One of her treatments is mirror therapy, which she told Good Morning America to help reduce & # 39; phantom pain in my leg & # 39;
Doctors told her that she should regain about 95 percent of the function in her right hand, but they are less sure about how much she will regain in her left hand
Her father Charlie, a former marine and now a fireman, ran into the water and followed the trail of blood as the shark dragged his daughter farther out.
He came face to face with the shark. Charlie then repeatedly punched the shark to free his daughter.
He said about her current attitude: & # 39; It's not such a bad day that she has … bad moments. & # 39;
& # 39; She has moments of being overwhelmed, but she really has an incredibly creepy ability to pick herself up. & # 39;
Winter claimed she received hundreds of cards and gifts and bowls of sweets from benefactors.
Her father Charlie, who fought the bullshark when it attacked her, said she & # 39; bad moments & # 39; had
Winter lay on the medium-deep water near Fort Macon State Park with her father on 2 June when a bull shark attacked her. A witness later threw a shark in the water
When she relived the moment of the attack, she said: “When I was in the water, I did not see my life pass by before my eyes.
& # 39; I saw my future flash before my eyes and all the things that I wanted to do, and that's why I left there. & # 39;
The teenager suffered deep cuts to her leg, pelvis and hand areas in the attack.
Winter had her left leg amputated above the knee and may need a hand transplant in the future because of the damage.
Despite the injuries she sustained in the shark attack, Winter is adamant and will be an advocate of sharks and their protection.
Winter had her left leg amputated above the knee and may need a hand transplant in the future because of the damage
Paige said she had done everything possible to scare the animal away from her, but his jaws were too strong. She said she is looking forward to the future
During her long stay in the hospital, actor Robert Downey took Jr. contacted her and asked if she wanted to be part of the Footprint Coalition – an environmental advisory group.
And she revealed that she now has regular contact with the actor and says: & He said that we will check in occasionally and talk about what we are going to do, because I can see that he is all for it. He is all for helping the ocean. & # 39;
Friends and family threw a party for the teenager in the restaurant where she worked after being released from the Vidant Medical Center last week.
In an interview with Good Morning America just two weeks after the attack, Winter remembered feeling something under her leg underwater, but she had assumed that her brother or sister was playing a joke.
She said she realized something was wrong when she was a & # 39; cracking & # 39; sensation.
& # 39; I am like, & # 39; Is this a snarling turtle? What is going on? "" She said. "Then it just starts. As a dog (when) they get a rope and you grab the other rope and they just start to go with their whole body. & # 39;
& # 39; I remember looking up for a moment, and then I just start lying there. And then I thought, "No, wait a minute, I can't pretend, that's not an option!" & # 39;
Paige said she had done everything possible to scare the animal away from her, but his jaws were too strong.
& # 39; My body went into shock. So I couldn't feel anything, I just knew it was bad, & she said.
She remembered that she had prayed to God: & I am 17, please don't let me die. Like, I'm not ready to die, I have to do things. Like so much. & # 39;
A GoFundMe page set up for Winter after the attack has so far raised more than $ 83,000.
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