Survivor of a New Year's Eve shark bite recalls horrifying ordeal

Survivor of a New Year's Eve shark bite recalls horrifying ordeal

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Over a week after being bitten by a shark at Laniakea, 54-year-old Marjorie Mariano is out of the hospital.

"It's been overwhelming. I'm alive and I'm glad I'm here," Mariano said Monday.

She recalled trying to catch a wave while surfing at Laniakea on New Year's Eve. While paddling to shore, she remembered feeling something big nudge her.

"Right away I turn back and I look at the face of the shark and eye, he's blind, but eye-to-eye, it felt like we were both looking in each other's eyes," Mariano said.

She was face-to-face with a 15-foot tiger shark. The animal then bit down on her from her knee to her upper thigh.

Mariano said she used her board to get the shark to release her.

"I flipped my board sideways to use it as a weapon, and I was kicking and fighting," Mariano said. "I didn't even want to look what happened to my leg."

Doctors performed surgery and they were able to save her life without amputating her leg.

Mariano also expressed her appreciation for the doctors that kept her alive. Her recovery will continue in a rehabilitation center.

According to records from the Department of Land and Natural Resources, the bite was the 6th shark incident in Hawaii for 2017.

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