New Zealand doctor stiches up own shark bite wound

A doctor in New Zealand who was bitten by a shark sewed up his own wounds before heading to the pub to celebrate his lucky escape.

January 28, 2014 12:00:00 AM PST
A doctor in New Zealand who was bitten by a shark sewed up his own wounds before heading to the pub to celebrate his lucky escape.

Dr. James Grant, 24, was spearfishing with friends off New Zealand's South Island when he was attacked. Grant used a knife to stab at the shark until it let go. Then he grabbed a first aid kit from his car and stitched up the two-inch bites himself.

At the local tavern, they served him a pint of beer and a bandage.

"I think I must have been pretty adrenalized because I couldn't really feel it at the time," said Grant.

"Gave him a pint of beer and his mates were kicking around laughing. And pulled out the first aid kit and got a little bandage out," said Warren Bevin, the tavern co-owner.

Grant eventually went to the hospital where he works to get proper stitches. And he was back on the job on Monday.


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