A 17-year-old girl lost two fingers and her left leg in a shark attack off the North Carolina coast told the hair-raising ordeal two weeks later as she attacks her new habit.
& # 39; I knew from the beginning that nothing will ever be the same again. I'm still Paigey. Just a little bit different, & Paige Winter told Good morning America on Tuesday.
& # 39; I missed pieces of the puzzle, & # 39; she said about her injuries. & # 39; But it's good. I would rather go through this tough journey than not being able to use my hands. I can't walk. & # 39;
Paige swam with her brother and sister in Atlantic Beach on June 2 when she suddenly felt something pulling her under the deep water.
The teen's first thought was that one of her siblings grabbed her leg like a joke, but then she started to feel what she described as a & # 39; cracking & # 39; sensation.
& # 39; I am like, & # 39; Is this a snarling turtle? What is going on? & # 39; & # 39; She said.
& # 39; Then it just starts. Like 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;
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Paige Winter, 17, lost two fingers and her left leg in a shark attack on Atlantic Beach in North Carolina on June 2. The teenager told Tuesday's ordeal alongside her father, Charlie Winter, who saved her life by smashing the offensive shark's face
Paige said there was a moment when she gave up fighting the shark as it drove its teeth against her again and again and dragged her deeper into the Atlantic
Paige called out all the power she could have 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;
That was when her father, Charlie Winter, heard other teenagers shout: & Paige! Shark! Grab her! & # 39;
Charlie Winter described diving in the water to save his daughter and found himself face to face with the shark
Charlie burst into the water to save his daughter, following the trail of five feet of blood she left as she was dragged deeper.
When he got close he ducked at her and noticed that he stood eye to eye with the shark.
& # 39; I'm just starting to beat everything I could, & # 39; he said.
& # 39; He only stared at me sideways, only the largest, blackest eye piercing. It just wasn't negotiating. & # 39;
Charlie managed to hit the shark hard enough to release his jaw, allowing him to grab Paige and throw her over his shoulder to bring her back to safety.
The teenager was flown to a trauma center and treated for & # 39; deep cuts to her leg, pelvis, and hand areas & # 39 ;.
The family has set up a GoFundMe campaign to cover the costs of its operations and rehabilitation.
Two weeks later they are still adapting to & # 39; the new normal & # 39; and Paige is determined to remain optimistic.
It is very difficult to stay in bed all day, not being able to do all the things I did before, not having a leg. "It's really hard not being able to feel better about yourself," she said.
& # 39; But it will be alright. I'm going to do all those things again. & # 39;
Two weeks after the attack, the family says they are still adapting to & # 39; the new normal & # 39;
A GoFundMe campaign has been set up to cover the costs of Paige's operations and rehabilitation
Despite her injuries, Paige is determined to remain positive. & # 39; I knew from the beginning that nothing will ever be the same again. I'm still Paigey. Just a little bit different, & she said
Surprisingly, Paige says she has no anger toward the shark that threatened her life.
& # 39; This situation has encouraged me to learn more about sharks, & # 39; she said.
& # 39; Even in the back of that ambulance, I thought: & # 39; Guys, sharks are still good people like, don't get mad at the shark, the shark is fine. & # 39;
& # 39; I was just trying to assure them that I and that shark are good, as if we are good, & # 39; she said, laughing.
Paige & # 39; s story caught the attention of two famous faces, actor Robert Downey Jr. and singer Adam Lambert.
Both artists sent their video support when she recovered at the hospital.
Downey Jr. praised Paige & # 39; s interest in sustainability and ocean conservation and asked her to become a member of his environmental initiative Footprint Coalition.
& # 39; A bit like Tony with Peter Parker a few years ago, I am in a bit of a recruitment mode, so I wanted to see if you would join my Footprint Coalition and be my ambassador in North Carolina? & # 39 ; said the actor, referring to how his Marvel character Tony Stark (also known as Iron Man) accompanied Peter Parker (also known as Spiderman).
Downey Jr. unveiled his initiative earlier this year to help combat climate change at the MARS artificial conference on artificial intelligence. He hopes to make it bloom in April next year.
& # 39; Between robotics and nanotechnology we can clean the planet considerably, if not completely, within 10 years, & # 39; he said.
The actor said he had a & # 39; calm feeling of crisis & # 39; about the state of the environment, something he believes he shares with Paige.
Paige & # 39; s story caught the attention of two famous faces, Adam Lambert and Robert Downey Jr. Both artists sent their wishes to Paige via video when she recovered at the hospital
Two other young people have been attacked off the North Carolina coast in the weeks since Paige & # 39; s attack.
Austin Reed, 19, was bitten while surfing on Ocean Isle Beach on June 10. He was left with a ten-inch bite wound on his leg.
On Sunday an eight-year-old boy on Bald Head Island was bitten.
The alarming trend has left parents who are on vacation in the area paying close attention when their children take to the water.
Devan Davis and his family, who travel from Kentucky to Bald Head Island every summer, arrived at the beach where Sunday's attack took place about an hour after the chaos went down.
& # 39; I have heard of shark bites and attacks, but nothing is real here, so this is kind of news to me, & # 39; Davis said WECT.
& # 39; It can happen anywhere, but it can happen now. It's not to scare people, but when you see something, get out of the water for a minute, look and be careful. & # 39;
So far there have been 20 shark attacks this year in the US, one of which was fatal.
Trackingsharks.com advises to avoid swimming in cloudy water after storms while wearing yellow or shiny jewelry. It also states that sharks can be attracted to brightly colored tattoos.
If it is attacked, it recommends fighting back if possible. Attack the face by hitting, tearing, poking, and tearing up the eyes and gills of the shark.
Three shark attacks have been reported this month off the North Carolina coast
Austin Reed, 19, was bitten while surfing on Ocean Isle Beach on June 10
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