Midland native survives shark attack, credits God - WNEM TV 5

Midland native survives shark attack, credits God

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NORTH CAROLINA (CBS/WNEM) -

A North Carolina woman who lost half of her arm in a shark attack used to live in Mid-Michigan.

Tiffany Johnson, a Midland native, was snorkeling during a vacation in the Bahamas earlier this month when she came face-to-face with a shark.

She said the shark, believed to be a tiger shark, had her arm in its mouth and when she went to yank it away “that’s when he latched down harder and we started to struggle."

"I remember just pulling my arm out and just looking at it and seeing that it was just this mangled stump. And I just threw off my snorkel mask and I just screamed 'help me, help me Jesus,'" Johnson said.

Her husband, James came to her rescue from a nearby boat when he saw the water turn red.

Now back in North Carolina, the mother of three has endured three surgeries, but she hardly credits herself. Instead, she credits an unshakeable faith.

"I prayed for my kids and I prayed for the doctors that would be touching my arm. And I even prayed that God would use this for his glory," Johnson said.

She used to attend the Christian Celebration Center in Midland where Pastor Leon Beaudin told TV5 she was very involved.

"If you really listen to this story you will realize there really is no other explanation but God," Johnson said.

A GoFundMe page has been set-up to help defray some of the medical costs.  More than $22,000 has been raised towards the $150,000 goal.

You can find it here.

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