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Shark Attack Victim Removed From Ventilator

Posted September 6, 2001 2:27 a.m. EDT

— The 23-year old woman injured in a recent shark attack is now breathing on her own at a hospital in Norfolk, Virginia.

Natalia Slobonskaya's left foot was severed in the attack in the waters off the coast of Avon in Dare County on Monday. She had been placed on a ventilator to help her breathing. She is listed in critical but stable condition at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital.

Her boyfriend, Sergi Zaloukaev, died in the incident.

Beaches at Cape Hatteras, where the fatal attack occurred, are still open.

There was no unusual shark activity observed during Coastal Patrol flights conducted Wednesday and Thursday. The hospital has set up a

Web site

, so people can send them e-mail and donate money to the family for medical bills