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'It was just gone': Concord woman recounts tale of losing arm in shark attack

Posted July 16

— A Concord woman who lost her arm in a shark attack told her story to a packed church Sunday in Broadway.

Just over a month ago, Tiffany Johnson and her husband, James, were on a snorkeling trop in the Bahamas. One minute, Johnson was enjoying her time in the water. The next, she found herself face to face with a shark.

“And he had my whole arm in his mouth,” she said.

Johnson said she first felt fear, but then she began to pray.

“And I remember thinking ‘no, you are not going to take my life. I refuse’,” Johnson said.

Johnson yanked her arm away, and that’s when she realized what had happened.

“When I got my arm out of his jaws, it was just gone,” she said.

'It was just gone': Concord woman recounts tale of losing arm to shark attack

Johnson may have lost her arm that day, but she said her faith never wavered. With a lot of prayer, love and a bit of humor, she said her family has made it through.

“I have two girls. I can’t do their hair. We’ve been working together. To get [James] to learn how to even do a ponytail is a struggle,” Johnson said.

Though her story is tough to hear and even tougher to tell, Johnson said the attack is something she will continue to talk about, always crediting God with saving her life.

“There’s no reason why I should be here now but God,” she said.

Johnson has had several surgeries since the attack including a nerve transfer, which will prepare her for an advanced prosthetic arm that she will be able to control with her mind.


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  • George Brown Jul 17, 8:51 a.m.
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    I am glad you're able to comfort yourself in such punishing circumstances. Were you never aware that vacationing in these areas is fraught with risk from electrocution in a pool, having your entrails sucked out in a pool vent, endless risk except on a cruise, because standards are suspect? And you've found comfort in strong faith? Good luck

  • Rod Runner Jul 17, 12:08 a.m.
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    This is a new story based on the original. It's about her telling her story to a church today.

    Did you not read it and just decide to comment for no good reason?

  • David Clevenger Jul 16, 8:46 p.m.
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    This sotry has been on here for a month now, can we move on or is there no Trump bashing at the moment to be had??

  • George Orwell Jul 16, 8:34 p.m.
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    True enough. Some folks can justify anything. Glad she's alright, so to speak.

  • Jay Abbott Jul 16, 7:59 p.m.
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  • Jay Abbott Jul 16, 7:58 p.m.
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    “give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
    ‭‭1 Thessalonians‬ ‭5:18‬ ‭ESV‬‬

  • Andrew Stephenson Jul 16, 7:24 p.m.
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    lol how about she credit's God with the shark attack itself?