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Bethany Hamilton Faced a near Death Experience When She Lost Her Arm During a Shark Attack

Women in sports have done a lot throughout history, and sometimes it can be overlooked. Bethany Hamilton is an American professional surfer that has had a lot of success in the sport. Hamilton began surfing at a young age, and as she got older, she one of the best surfers out there.

At the age of 13, Hamilton experienced a shark attack while she was surfing, and it was a tragic incident. That accident didn’t stop her from doing what she loves to do.

Bethany Hamilton overcame her tragic incident with a shark

In 2003, Hamilton went surfing in the morning with her best friend and her best friend’s father and brothers while they were in Hawaii. While they were out surfing, a tiger shark attacked Hamilton and bite her left arm, severing it. After it happened, Hamilton’s best friend and her family helped paddle her back to shore. She was rushed to the hospital, and when she arrived, she had lost over 60 percent of blood and was in hypovolemic shock.

When news broke out about what happened to Hamilton, a fisherman family caught and killed a tiger shark and presented it to investigators. In 2004, police confirmed that it was the same shark that attacked Hamilton. Despite losing her arm, Hamilton returned back to her board one month after the incident. Hamilton had to learn to surf with one arm, and she was determined to get back out to the water.

Just 26 days after her attack, Hamilton returned to the water and entered her first major competition on January 10, 2004. Throughout her career, she competed in competitions in the United States and other countries. She placed first in many events establishing herself as one of the best surfers in the world. In 2012 she became the first woman surfer to surf in the Rip Curl Cup.

Bethany Hamilton received a lot of recognition after coming back from her incident

A lot of people followed Hamilton’s career after a shark attacked her. In 2004 she won the ESPY Award for the Best Comeback Athlete. Hamilton also received the Courage Teen Choice Award. That same year an autobiography titled Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back on the Board was published. In the book, Hamilton talked about the time leading up to the shark attack. She also talked about how she recovered and dealt with the media. Hamilton also discussed how she was able to get back on her board and return to competition.

Over the years, she has authored and co-authored other books about her amazing story, living a healthy life, and her faith. Hamilton has served as an inspiration to so many people, and she has touched many lives. When her incident happened, she could have easily walked away from surfing. But she didn’t and was determined to get back to competing, and it all paid off for her.

Bethany Hamilton continues to impact and reach others in many ways

Outside of writing books, Hamilton has appeared in numerous television shows, and in 2011 the feature film Soul Surfer was released. The film was based on Hamilton’s autobiography that was published in 2004. Hamilton enjoys giving back, and she is a part of numerous charitable efforts.

She has her foundation called Friends of Bethany, which reaches out to amputees and youth. Hamilton also helps encourage them to overcome difficulties through faith. She has used her platform to promote healthy living lifestyles, and she has her website at bethanyhamilton.com. Hamilton uses her story to impact many lives, and many people respect her.