Adjusting To Life After Shark Attack

CHARLOTTE, NC — Friday will mark three weeks since Tiffany Johnson lost her arm in a terrifying shark attack in the Bahamas.

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“When we were still in the hospital I went to go wash my hands, and realized I can’t scrub my hands together, and I started to get kind of teary eyed,” said Johnson.

Each day is an adjustment for this mother of three.

“I know there will be days when it’s just going to suck, you know? And that’s normal,” said Johnson. “But, in the grand scheme of things, I’m here, and I’m blessed to be here.”

Johnson allowed WCCB Charlotte to go with her Thursday as doctors at OrthoCarolina removed her stitches and prepared her for her first prosthetic.

Her husband, James Johnson, has been by her side since the attack in the Bahamas on June 2.

“If she’s wanting to accomplish something, it’s: let her try it because she needs to be able to adjust, and I need to be able to adjust with her,” said James Johnson.

“When I’m writing like the paper left handed and I’m like chasing the paper around,” laughed Tiffany Johnson.

OrthoCarolina Dr. Glenn Gaston and Dr. Bryan Loeffler invented the cutting edge surgery that prepared her nerves for the latest robotic technology in prosthetic arms.

“Last few years, there’s not only on the technological side have there been great advances, but on the surgical side,” said Dr. Loeffler.
‘For those who can’t or don’t want to wear prosthetics, their surgery relieves pain.

“Just getting out of pain is a tremendous life changer for a lot of these patients,” said Dr. Gaston.

In weeks, Johnson will get her first prosthetic and do one thing she says she misses most: pick up her kids with both arms.

“The full hugs, you know? Just the little things, really. There’s still a glimmer of hope that I’ll still be able to do some of the things that we love to do,” said Tiffany Johnson.

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