Teen bitten by shark off Padre

July 29, 2009 5:26:23 AM PDT
An Edinburg teen needed 15 stitches to close a leg wound after a shark bit her left leg. Deidre Casas says she got an ankle bracelet with a shark tooth to mark her ordeal.

The 14-year-old says she was in the Gulf of Mexico at South Padre Island, near some hotels, on Friday when she reached a sandbar.

Casas told KRGV-TV that something was tugging on her left leg, then "there was blood everywhere." The girl headed for shore to get help.

Her mother, Joann Casas, says doctors did X-rays and decided the girl was bitten by a small shark, based on the type of wound and marks on her lower leg.

The cut runs several inches across the front upper part of the girl's ankle.

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