The 12-year- old girl bitten by a shark off Oak Island, N.C. on Sunday, June 14, has been discharged from N.C. Children's Hospital.
Kiersten Yow is being taken to Levine Children's Hospital in Charlotte, N.C. to finish her inpatient rehabilitation program, according to UNC Children's Surgeon-in-Chief Bill Adamson.
She began walking again on July 8, and has been walking under her own power, according to Doctor Adamson. The Yow family released the following statement:
"Today marks 30 days since our lives changed forever—and today our family takes a giant leap toward our ultimate goal of returning home as Kiersten leaves UNC for an intensive, inpatient rehabilitation program. Kiersten’s doctors have told us to expect to be in Charlotte at least three weeks, but determined as ever, Kiersten insists she’ll complete the program in two. That’s our girl!
As we prepare for next steps, we want to express how grateful we are to everyone at UNC. We’ve had up and down days, but we can’t say enough about how well we’ve been cared for as an entire family. We arrived at UNC shell shocked and bewildered but leave Chapel Hill strong and optimistic about what lies ahead.
We also want to thank the public yet again for their prayers and support of our family during this difficult time. This experience, though traumatic, has shown us the true kindness and generosity of the human spirit. Having friends and strangers alike rally behind Kiersten has made the experience easier and is something we will never forget!
We are still not ready to talk about our experience publicly but will continue to update our Kiersten Yow Support page on Facebook for those interested in following our journey."
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