Kyle Kirkpatrick: Shark bites 11-year-old off Ormond Beach

ORMOND BEACH, Fla. - 11-year-old Kyle Kirkpatrick says he feels lucky he was able to survive a shark bite with just three stitches.

"I was trying to catch a wave and, all of a sudden, I felt something on my foot and it started hurting. I turned behind me and I'm like what happened and then I see blood everywhere and my dad picks me up and brings me to shore," Kirkpatrick said.

Hid dad Todd quickly saw the pain in his son's face and scooped him up while holding his leg to stop the bleeding. "It's terrifying. You don't know what's out there. He says a shark bit him, he got blood everywhere, you don't know if the shark's still there, you don't ask questions."

But, Kyle was positive about what he saw. "A dark shadow of a shark and it scared me."

Todd says an off-duty paramedic in the area helped put gauze on the wound and called 911. Kyle was taken to a nearby local hospital. "He still has his foot, still has full function of it, it could have been a lot worse."

As for Kyle, he says the shark bite won't keep him on the shore. "I will go swimming again, but it'll be kind of scary."

Doctors believe the shark that bit Kyle was likely a baby.


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