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At first, Bethany Hamilton wasnâ€™t sure she would be able to surf again.
It was 2003, and at 13 years old, she had lost her left arm and 60 percent of her blood to a 14-foot tiger shark while surfing in her home state of Hawaii, off the island of Kauaiâ€™s North Shore. Earlier that year, she had placed second in the National Scholastic Surfing Associationâ€™s National Championships, showing promise for a professional surfing career. When she was feeling doubt that this promise still remained, she said a surprise visitor restored it.
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