Archive for Monday, January 26, 2004

Teen surfer receives prosthetic arm

January 26, 2004

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— Three months after losing her left arm in a shark attack, teen surfer Bethany Hamilton received a prosthetic limb.

The 13-year-old from Hawaii, who has already returned to competitive surfing, is on a whirlwind national tour.

She learned to snowboard in Steamboat Springs, Colo., taped an episode of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" in Chicago, and gave interviews to Glamour magazine and "Entertainment Tonight" in Los Angeles, where she also received the prosthetic arm Saturday.

Hamilton returned to surfing competition two weeks ago, placing fifth in her age group in the Open Women Division of a National Scholastic Surfing Assn. meet in Hawaii. She was a top amateur surfer before the shark attack and was expected to turn pro.

The teenager nearly died when she was attacked by the shark Oct. 31 while surfing off Kauai.

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