Statement from family of N.C. shark attack victim

Please see the following statement from the family of the female shark attack victim in North Carolina who is currently being treated at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill, N.C. We will be posting updates on Ms. Yow's condition on our newsroom at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. daily: news.unchealthcare.org. We will be unable to provide updates outside of those times. Additionally, the family will not be providing any interviews and requests that the media do not try to contact them and respect their privacy.

Updated: 3:30 p.m. Thursday, July 2, 2015, Yow remains in Good condition. 

The Yow Family has begun sharing updates here.


June 16, 2015

Our daughter, Kiersten Yow, was the female victim of Sunday’s shark attacks on Oak Island. As the media is reporting, she lost a portion of her left arm (below the elbow) and suffered injuries to her left leg.

Kiersten was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington immediately after the incident and was transferred to N.C. Children’s Hospital at UNC, where she remains in good condition and is receiving excellent care. She has a long road to recovery that will include surgeries and rehabilitation, but her doctors at UNC expect she will keep her leg, and for that we are grateful.

We want to thank the good Samaritans and emergency responders whose clear heads and quick actions saved Kiersten’s life. We also thank her extraordinary doctors and nurses in Wilmington and Chapel Hill.

This has been an extraordinarily traumatic event for our entire family. We need time and space to come to terms with what has happened and to help Kiersten recover.

We appreciate the public’s well wishes and prayers, but we ask that the media please respect our privacy as we navigate this difficult situation—privately, as a family.

Brian and Laurie Yow

The Yow Family has begun sharing updates here.



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