A brave 10-year-old girl who was mauled by a shark boasted “I won” after fighting off the beast.
Jasmine Carney’s foot was ripped off in the horrific attack on a beach in Florida on Sunday afternoon.
She was at Hobe Sound Beach with her grandmother and brother when she decided to go swimming.
But she suddenly felt a pang of pain and was horrified to look down and see a shark chomping on her foot.
She told WPTV: “Something grabbed me. It looked pretty big and it was grey. It hurt, so I’m like ‘kick it and run away’.”
The brave youngster managed to scare the beast away by kicking it and then sprinted down the beach to find her nan with blood pouring from her foot.
“I fought a shark and won,” she proudly said from her hospital bed just days after the attack.
Stephanie Carney, her adoptive grandmother, said she was “amazed”.
She said: “She came running up that beach, screaming ‘Nana! Nana! Something bit me’.
“And I saw all the blood and I got the lifeguard.”
Lifeguards rushed over to apply a tourniquet to her ankle in an attempt to stop the bleeding from her foot.
Emergency personnel rushed to the scene, and she was airlifted to a nearby hospital.
Medics were astounded by Jasmine’s calm after the traumatic experience.
“She was very positive from the start,” said Dr Nir Hus, who treated the young girl.
“There was a piece missing from her foot. Luckily for her, that was the only location she was bitten.”
Jasmine had ankle surgery after suffering deep tears and lacerations.
The 10-year-old credited her six-year-old brother with keeping her calm after the shark attack.
“He’s pretty curious,” she explained, “so I might as well stay calm because I know he wouldn’t want me to be scared, because he’s the best little brother in the world.”
Stephanie told TCPalm: “Jasmine had told her family for years that she was afraid something in the water would bite her, but had learned to enjoy playing in the ocean.”
Doctors said the youngster will make a full recovery within six months.