Family of Archdale girl attacked by shark at Oak Island releases statement

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — The family of Kiersten Yow, the Archdale girl who was attacked by a shark at Oak Island on Sunday, has released a statement.

Her parents, Brian and Laurie Yow, released the following statement on Tuesday afternoon:

Our daughter, Kiersten Yow, was the female victim of Sunday’s shark attacks on Oak Island. As the media is reporting, she lost a portion of her left arm (below the elbow) and suffered injuries to her left leg.

Kiersten was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington immediately after the incident and was transferred to N.C. Children’s Hospital at UNC yesterday, where she remains in stable condition and is receiving excellent care. She has a long road to recovery that will include surgeries and rehabilitation, but her doctors at UNC expect she will keep her leg, and for that we are grateful.

We want to thank the good Samaritans and emergency responders whose clear heads and quick actions saved Kiersten’s life. We also thank her extraordinary doctors and nurses in Wilmington and Chapel Hill.

This has been an extraordinarily traumatic event for our entire family. We need time and space to come to terms with what has happened and to help Kiersten recover.

We appreciate the public’s well wishes and prayers, but we ask that the media please respect our privacy as we navigate this difficult situation—privately, as a family.

Brian and Laurie Yow

Yow, 12, was one of two people attacked by a shark or sharks at Oak Island beach on Sunday.

Hunter Treschel, a 16-year-old boy from Colorado Springs, Colo., was attacked approximately 90 minutes after Yow was and had his arm amputated beneath the shoulder.

Both incidents happened while they were standing in waist-deep water.