Shark assaults San Jose nurse on trip in Galapagos Islands

(KRON) — San Jose nurse Delia Yriarte was having fun with a three-week, lengthy overdue trip to Peru and the Galapagos Islands. However on July 4, after snorkeling with a tour group off Mosquera Island, she returned to shore and was intercepted by an undesirable customer… a shark.

Yriarte mentioned a nurse practitioner who was additionally on the tour saved her by placing a tourniquet on her leg and calling for assist. After an hourlong journey to the hospital, docs took one take a look at her mangled leg and confirmed it was actually a shark chunk.

“I used to be in all probability a meter-and-a-half to 2 meters from the shore,” she informed KRON4. “Once I felt a bit push, I didn’t suppose a lot of it. I simply thought it was bizarre. I stored paddling. After which I felt my leg a bit numb, or that a bit bizarre. After which I paddle once more after which I felt like my leg wasn’t responding.”

She now has greater than 100 stitches in her leg and 5 tendon repairs. After one, five-hour surgical procedure she was transferred to mainland Ecuador. There, she’ll endure a second surgical procedure with a specialist on Wednesday.

Then the hope is to return residence to San Jose to be reunited along with her mom and daughter and proceed her restoration. Regardless of all this, Yriarte mentioned she feels fortunate.

“Typically we don’t respect all now we have, it’s sort of like awakening. I really feel like I’ve a second likelihood. I don’t know why however I’m going to seek out out” she mentioned.

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