In 2003, 13-year-old Bethany Hamilton’s name was splashed across newspapers and magazines all around the country.
The young teen, who lived in Hawaii with her family, had gone for an early morning surf with her best friend and her friend’s dad and brother. While out in the water, she was relaxing on her board with her left arm dangling in the water.
Moments later, a 14-foot tiger shark attacked her, completely severing her arm. Her friend’s family rushed her to the hospital, but by the time she got there, she had lost over 60% of her blood.
A week later, Bethany was a miracle. Aside from the loss of her arm, she was perfectly healthy.
Although most people would be totally traumatized by the incident and terrified to go back in the ocean, Bethany was back on a surfboard just a month later.
Now, 27-year-old Bethany is a wife and mother — and she’s still a professional surfer! And on October 9, 2017, Bethany announced that she’s pregnant with baby number two!
When Bethany Hamilton was attacked by a shark in 2003, her family was terrified she wouldn’t survive.
Not only did Bethany make it through the attack and surgeries perfectly fine, she actually took the injury in stride.
She may have lost her arm to a shark at just 13 years old, but Bethany definitely didn’t lose her spirit.
A month after the brutal shark attack left her missing a limb, Bethany was back on her surfboard.
Since the attack, Bethany has stunned the entire surfing community by not just getting back on the board, but by winning competition after competition.
In the years since 2003, Bethany has placed first in at least six competitions.
In 2004, just a year after her attack, Bethany published a book, Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back on the Board.
And in 2011, that book inspired a movie of the same name, starring AnnaSophia Robb as a young Bethany.
In 2013, Bethany married youth minister Adam Dirks in Hawaii.
Two years after they tied the knot, the couple welcomed a son to their family.
On October 9, 2017, the surfer took to Instagram to make another big announcement: she and her husband are expecting baby number two!
The video Bethany shared is absolutely adorable, and features her son kissing her belly.
Along with the video, Bethany wrote, “More than thankful to share our joyous news!!! #babyinthere #babyonboard”
Bethany’s fans were quick to comment on her baby announcement, sharing their congratulations.
One woman wrote, “Congratulations I’m so happy for you. I hope everything goes well for you.”
Another fan wrote, “Blessings & congratulations on expanding your little family.”
Bethany is truly an inspiration for so many young surfers out there.
Everyone can see Bethany in her upcoming documentary, Unstoppable.
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