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Shark Attack Recovery Fund

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This past Sunday I was attacked by a 7-8ft Reef Shark. We were spearfishing near Middle Sambo reef off Boca Chica in the Florida Keys when this shark came out of nowhere. He first went at my dive buddy Justyn but immediately turned toward me. He bit my left fin then took a chunk out of the right one before biting my leg and cutting the speargun line. I assumed he was trying to steal the black grouper i was holding. But after I lost the grouper and watched it swim to the bottom, the shark kept coming at us! Justyn went back down for my gun and actually shoved it in the sharks mouth like a badass!!!! The shark then took it straight to the bottom while we rushed back to the boat and safety. Always dive with a buddy and someone who is trained in first aid!

I would not have made it back to the boat without the help of another strong swimmer and would have bled out had I not been patched up so well by Amanda. The shark tore through the skin, fat tissue, muscle, muscle sheath, and unfortunately my tibial artery which caused me to lose more than a liter of blood.

We sped back to the marina as fast as possible and I finally made it into the ER where the doctors spent about three and a half hours stitching up the wound  and 56 stitches to do so! I'm very lucky I didnt bleed out and got to keep my leg!

As our local hospital is far more expensive than most and my insurance is only covering a small portion, I must turn toward crowdfunding. At this point I'll be swimming in debt rather than with the fishies! The purpose for my crowdfunding campaign is to raise enough to cover the exorbitant medical bills and out of pocket expenses associated with my injuries. Thank you for any help you can offer!


Parker Simpson
Key West, FL

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