"Want people to see that I'm doing all right. And to know I'm still going to be able to do all the stuff that they can do. I'm going to able to walk, I'm going to be able to write. I'm going to be able to do just kind of like everything. Just same old Paigy."
"When I was in that water I was like praying I'm like I'm 17 -- I got so much to do. And it's true I have a lot to do and I think with this situation I can transform it into something it's like oh how tragic. 17 - year old lost her leg. No, 17 years old lost a leg and we're popping you know. I think I could transform this into something good for me and good for sharks and good for the environment too. And that's just kind of what I really want. Sort of wanted this whole time."
"And it really helps to know that I'm not alone in this situation. There are other survivors of shark bites that have been sending me some buzz and that really helps. When an amputee talks to me it's just really nice to know that like I have somebody who's also on the same wavelength as me."
"Sharks are still good people and that's just kind of the truth. They're still so good and they're so cool. They're pretty cool. Good people."
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5. SOUNDBITE (English) Charlie Winter, Father of Paige:
"I grabbed her with my left arm. I pulled her up over the water. And when I pulled her up a shark came up with her. And it was a big shark. The head was -- It was a big shark. And it kind of thrashed a little bit and it had a big just a big eye to staring at you. And I immediately just started to hit it. I read five times it could have been ten, it could have been three it could have. I don't know I wasn't keeping track but I know. I know I was hitting it and I hit it with everything I could. And it let go. I immediately grabbed her with my undermined with my right arm. I could see the damage as I was turning I looked and I grabbed her on her thigh trying to stop the bleeding. I turned and I started to run immediately back to the shore. So I just ran out there. We had the shark and then I started running back. I did not know. That the shark was at arm's length behind me chasing us. I didn't know that until later. I also did not know that there were two sharks out there. I've been told that it was the length of a car. I don't know. I didn't see it. All I saw was its head and it was impressive."
The father of a 17-year-old girl who was recently attacked by a shark off the North Carolina coast shared the dramatic story of how he rescued his daughter by punching the shark repeatedly until it let go.
After hearing "Paige, shark, get her," Charlie Winter said at a press conference on Friday that he couldn't see his daughter Paige at Fort Macon State Park at Atlantic Beach_he only saw a five-foot trail of pink blood in the water.
Winter dove in and grabbed his daughter, pulling a shark up out of the water along with her.
"It was a big shark ... I immediately just started to hit it," he said. "I don't know how many times I punched it, but I hit it with everything I could and it let go."
Then, former paramedic ran for shore, applying pressure on his daughter's badly injured leg while the shark chased him "at arm's length," he said.
In the struggle, Winters added that his daughter had been attempting to pry open the shark's mouth with her hands.
Afterward, he said she was calm and just kept repeating the word, "dad," as he carried her to safety.
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