A teenager whose arm was ripped off in a region dubbed the 'shark bite capital' has slammed bystanders who filmed her rather than helping.
Gruesome footage showed Kaylanne Timoteo Freitas, 15, being pulled from the water on Piedade Beach in the Brazilian city of Jaboatao dos Guararapes after a brutal shark attack on March 6.
It came just one day after a 14-year-old had a massive chunk of flesh ripped out of his thigh 500 metres away, leaving his femur exposed.
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Kaylanne had blood spewing from her arm and was taken to hospital for surgery.
Speaking to local media as she recovered in hospital, Kaylanne opened up about the horrifying ordeal.
She said: "After 10 minutes, I felt two pressures. I even thought 'there's something here'.
"At the time, I thought it was someone playing a prank on me because there were many people around me.
"I still had doubts, I thought, 'this isn't happening to me, it's a nightmare'. I thought I was going to wake up. It was only in the ambulance that it sunk in."
Kaylanne said she was first bitten on the belly. She then tried to fight the beast off with her arm, which was when that was bitten too.
She was pulled onto the beach by a young lad where she waited for paramedics to arrive.
There, she said most bystanders pulled out their phones and started filming.
She fumed: "No one respected me at the time. I understand that it's something that everyone wants to record, to show what's happening, but at the time, I wasn't thinking about that, I just thought I was going to lose my arm for the rest of my life."
Her dad, Wilque Barros Freitas, added: "During the attack, there were people filming instead of helping, aside from the comments. That's what killed me inside."
Kaylanne has finally been discharged from hospital following reconstructive surgery and antibiotics. She has suffered postoperative pain as well as panic attacks, and her parents are looking to get her therapy for the trauma.
She said: "For 15 years of my life, I had my entire arm. I've been reborn and will have to relearn everything all over again."
The family is now fundraising online so they can buy a prosthetic arm and medication.
Kaylanne added: "I survived, and that's my greatest victory."
Swimming has been banned at Piedade Beach since 2021 due to the number of shark attacks.
Some 150 warning signs are positioned along a 36 kilometre stretch of the Pernambuco State coast that encompasses the beach.
The Greater Recife area, located on that stretch, is thought to be the most deadly shark attack spot in the world.
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