Girl needs 42 stitches after suspected shark attack in US

A 12-year-old girl suffered injuries after a suspected shark attack in the United States that left her with 42 stitches for 20 cuts, family members said.

Jordan Prushinski and her family told WBRE-TV that they were on vacation Monday local time at the beach in Ocean City, Maryland, when Jordan went into knee-deep water.

She was swimming with her family when she limped out of the water bleeding from the leg.

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"I didn't really realize what was going on until I was on the beach and I was bleeding everywhere," Jordan told the station.

Her mother, Melissa Prushinski, said other beachgoers, including an EMT and a nurse, helped give Jordan first aid.

With the help of a lifeguard, they cleaned and bandaged the wound, and Jordan's family took her to Atlantic General Hospital.

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"We still don't know what kind of shark it was. The ER doctor confirmed it was a shark bite because no other animal makes this type of bite," Mrs Prushinski said.

The town of Ocean City says officials are consulting experts and aren't ruling out marine life as the source of the injury.

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