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10-year-old survives shark bite at NC beach

July 2, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
A 10-year-old girl is recovering from what doctors said was one of the worst shark bites they've ever seen.

It happened in North Topsail Beach in North Carolina. Cassidy Cartwright and her family were vacationing from Pennsylvania.

Cassidy was playing in knee-deep water when she felt a sharp pain in her leg.

Her mom saw blood and several people rushed to pull her out. Cassidy's leg was split wide open.

"It hurt. I just thought it was somebody messing around and I found out that it wasn't because it pulled me down again," said Cassidy.

"We assumed it was a shark bite but it wasn't until we got to UNC that they had found a shark tooth in her leg," said Cassidy's mother, Carolyn Cartwright.

It turned out the shark ripped through ligaments and some tissue in Cassidy's ankle, but she is expected to recover.

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