How a teenage shark attack survivor became an advocate for amputees

How a Teenage Shark Attack Survivor Became an Advocate for Amputees

"There's no use in me just moping and complaining. Because it's not going to bring back my arm," Hunter Treschl said.

Hunter Treschl was attacked by a shark while vacationing with his family in North Carolina in June 2015. His left arm was later amputated.

"It kind of hit my arm. That was the first time I saw it — when it was biting up my left arm," Treschl said while recovering at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

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One year after the attack, KMGH reports the teenager, who will be applying to colleges soon, has become an advocate for amputees.

He's working with a community platform called Project REACH, which is part of The Limb Preservation Foundation.

"Most if not all amputees I've talked to have had similar experiences, where they've kind of been down for a while and they've realized that they can still live life to its fullest and they can still live the life they want to live," Treschl said.

RELATED: States with the most shark attacks

States with the most shark attacks historically
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States with the most shark attacks historically

10. New York: 10 unprovoked attacks

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9. Georgia: 13 unprovoked attacks

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8. New Jersey: 15 unprovoked attacks

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7. Oregon: 26 unprovoked attacks

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6. Texas: 41 unprovoked shark attacks

The expansive Glaveston beach has had 17 total confirmed attacks.

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5. North Carolina: 60 unprovoked attacks

New Hanover County has had 13 confirmed shark attacks since 1935.

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4. South Carolina: 90 unprovoked attacks

Throughout its history, Charleston County has had 32 shark incidents.

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3. California: 116 unprovoked attacks

San Diego had 17 attacks occur near its beaches.

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2. Hawaii: 143 unprovoked attacks

56 occurred in Maui, home to Wailea and Mākena beaches.

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1. Florida: 748 unprovoked attacks 

At least 275 confirmed attacks occurred in Volusia County, home to New Smyrna and Dayton beaches.

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There were 59 unprovoked shark attacks in the U.S. last year, according to the University of Florida, which keeps a record of all reported shark attacks.

That's a new record for the country, which saw the most attacks in Florida, North Carolina and South Carolina. The previous record was 53 unprovoked attacks in 2012.

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