Shark Attacks Triathlete At Corona Del Mar

Age-group triathlete Maria Korcsmaros was attacked by a shark off the coast of Corona del Mar, Calif. on Sunday afternoon.

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Age-group triathlete Maria Korcsmaros was attacked by a shark off the coast of Corona del Mar, Calif. on Sunday afternoon.

The swimmer had bite marks in a half circle, teeth marks from her upper right shoulder in the back, down to her pelvis in front and to the other side of her buttocks. Multiple ribs were fractured. She had open chest wounds, and her lung was punctured. She lost at least a liter of blood.

Doctors looked for teeth that might have been left in her body. Triathlete Maria Korcsmaros, a 52-year-old mother of three, had been attacked by a shark.

“It was life before limb,” said Dr. Philip Rooter, director of orthopedic trauma and chairman of orthopedics.

Details emerged Tuesday during a press conference at Orange County Global Medical Center in Santa Ana that gave an inside look at what the swimmer in Sunday’s shark attack off Corona del Mar endured, and how doctors had to swiftly spring into action to treat the trauma patient, who had a tourniquet wrapped around her arm to try to cease the flow of blood spilling from her body.

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