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NC shark victim able to walk as recovery continues

Posted June 21, 2015 10:40 p.m. EDT
Updated June 22, 2015 5:36 a.m. EDT

— The 12-year-old Archdale girl whose left arm was bitten off in a shark attack on the North Carolina coast last week is walking again – despite also losing a large portion of her left leg.

Kiersten Yow’s progress is being chronicled on a Facebook page, which had more than 4,600 likes as of Sunday evening.

“Yesterday, they came to put Kiersten in the chair to leave the room and she said ‘I am not going back up the hall until I can walk up the hall,’" read a post from Sunday afternoon. “Anyway, guess who walked today?!?! Go‪ #‎supergirl.”

Yow was one of two teenagers who lost limbs June 13 after shark attacks off Oak Island.

Hunter Treschl, 16, of Colorado Springs, Colo., also lost his left arm.

Oak Island officials have been criticized for not closing the beach, but Mayor Betty Wallace said Sunday that it made more sense to keep people out of the water.

Possible ordinances banning chumming and shark fishing will be considered within the next few weeks, Wallace said.