Transcript for Young shark attack victim speaks out
We appreciate it. We turn to a story of resilience. The teenage girl recovering this morning after a shark attack. Her dad telling us about how he fought to save his daughter. ABC's Lana Zak has the story. I'm going to be able to blog, I'm going to be able to write. Reporter: Paige says recovery will take a long time but no one should view it as a tragedy. 17-year-old lost a leg. No, 17-year-old lost a leg and we're popping. I think I could transform this into something good for me and good for sharks. Sharks are still good people. Reporter: Remarkable words given that Paige nearly died in the jaws of a shark in atlantic beach, North Carolina, earlier this month. Is she awake and breathing? If she is, she's barely. She's in bad shape. I mean her leg is almost gone. Reporter: Her father's immediate actions, punching the shark's nose until it let go credited with saving her life. I dove under and grabbed her. When I pulled her up, a shark came up with her and it was a big shark and I had a big eye just staring at you and I immediately just started to hit it. Reporter: The shark finally unclenching its jaws and freeing Paige. Doctors forced to amputate her left leg above the knee but were able to save most of her hands. Paige says she doesn't fear what lies ahead. I'm not alone. In this situation, there are other survivors of shark bites that have been sending me some buzz and that really helps. Reporter: Now, Paige is expected to move to a rehab center this week. She last at least six months of recovery but Paige is such a fan of Robert Downey star that if the iron man star would follow her, both Paige and the doctor agreed that could speed up her recovery, guys. Maybe he'll share some technology. Right. She's an iron woman for sure. What a positive attitude. Definitely. Sharks are good people. Yeah, and smart on her dad to know to punch the shark in its
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