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Shark spits out swimmer who was given 28 units of blood & came within millimeter of severing a major artery

A SWIMMER has revealed the horror moment that he was bitten by a shark that came close to cutting off one of his large arteries in the traumatic attack.

Steve Bruemmer, 62, had to be given 28 units of blood after the 20-foot-tall white man spat it out again the attack last month.

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Steve Bruemmer, pictured, survived an attack by great white sharks off the coast of CaliforniaCredit: Natividad Medical Center
Patrons rush to give Bruemmer first aid before being transported to Natividad Medical Center for live-saving surgery

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Patrons rush to give Bruemmer first aid before being transported to Natividad Medical Center for live-saving surgeryCredit: NBC News

The shark that attacked him could have been one of the largest in the world, experts say.

Bruemmer here in a new interview the very moment he was “furiously bitten by a shark right over my thighs and my belly.”

“And it grabbed me and then pulled me up and then dived me into the water, then it spit me out,” he said.

Nevertheless, the swimmer managed to keep his composure to make his escape despite the shark looking straight at him.

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“It looked at me, right next to me. I thought it might bite me again, so I pushed it with my hand and I kicked it with my foot and it sang,” he said.

“I’m not a seal. It’s looking for a seal. We are not their food.”

After the daring escape, Bruemmer was brought to safety by two bystanders who witnessed his horrific encounter with the predator while swimming off the coast in Pacific Grove, California..

Paul Bandy, a police officer, and his wife Aimee Johns, a nursehurried to give first aid after hearing Bruemmer’s horrible scream and saw the water full of blood.

Emergency services were called from the water and when Bruemmer came ashore and bystanders had given him first aid and two ICU nurses and a doctor were on the scene.

The hospital staff used the clothes from their backs as tourniquets to stop the bleeding.

He was then transferred to Natividad Medical Center for further treatment.

Bruemmer praised the couple who rescued him as “heroes” and asked, “How do you get into bloody water with maybe a shark running under you to save a stranger?”

“They’re great,” he added.

RECOVERY

On the drive to the hospital, one of the respondents in the Bruemmer ambulance reassured that the Natividad trauma center “is the best place you can be.”

The hospital staff saved Bruemmer’s life in a two-hour operation that used 28 units of blood.

He has since thanked blood donors by saying “without you I will not get it.”

Bruemmer’s doctor Nicholas Rottler told KSBW News that he put “a few hundred stitches” on the shark attack victim.

“The injuries he had were easy for us to repair, but if they were much deeper than it would have cut off a large artery,” Rottler said.

The doctor went on to say, “He could have bled in the water before anyone could get him to shore, so it could be much, much worse.”

Two days later, the hospital staff repaired Bruemmer’s thighs so that he could walk again after recovery.

“He will most likely have weeks to months of physical therapy just to give time for all the wounds to heal and the muscles to get strong again,” Rottler explained.

“He’ll probably run from here, but he can run to a rehab unit to do some rehab first, we’ll see how it goes.”

HOSPITAL RELEASE

After three weeks, Bruemmer was released from the hospital as a “Shark Attack Survivor”, according to the shirt he was wearing when he left the hospital in a wheelchair with a loud applause.

Bruemmer became emotional when he recalled the work of the hospital staff upon his release.

“There were a hundred people at Natividad who worked with me … encouraging and friendly,” Bruemmer said.

“And I was in a difficult place and they were so caring and I’m going home now, but I want to thank Natividad and the Good Samaritans and the people on the beach and that leading ambulance driver.

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“Without all of you, I’m not getting it.

“So thank you very much. I’m going home. I’m getting better. It’s going well.”

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