14-year-old girl bitten by shark in Galveston: ‘It could’ve been a lot worse’

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by Drew Karedes / KHOU 11 News

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Posted on June 9, 2014 at 10:36 PM

GALVESTON, Texas -- The weather this weekend on Galveston Island was prime for taking a dip in the ocean, and 14-year-old Mikaela Medina was the only one in her family who decided to go in.

“I was by myself because no one else wanted to come in,” said Mikaela Medina. “The water was real murky, a lot of seaweed.”

Medina walked into waist deep water on West Beach and kneeled down.

“It just felt like something bumped into my back,” said Medina. “I was like this could be a shark.”

Medina didn’t feel any pain and she didn’t see the shark. She came to shore so her mother could take a look.

“She’s the one who told me I had gotten bit,” said Medina. “After she told me I was bleeding I started crying.”

Medina’s mother knew the teeth marks on her back were from a shark.

“We know about sharks but you never think that something like this could happen to your own daughter so I was kind of in denial at the beginning,” said Maria Amezaga.

The two ran to the family’s nearby beach house, and a physician friend, who was spending the day with them, was able to treat Medina on the spot with no stitches or further medical attention.

“It’s really crazy,” said Medina. “I didn’t think that could ever happen and it could’ve been a lot worse.”

Some people believe that the chances of another shark greeting visitors in Galveston is slim to none.

“It’d be like the odds of winning the lottery,” said Jeff Davis. “It’s not going to happen.”

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