Doctor from Overland Park bit by tiger shark in Hawaii describes surreal experience

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HONOLULU – A metro man attacked by a tiger shark while snorkeling in Hawaii is expected to be released from the hospital on Friday.

Doctor Ken Grasing is a doctor at the VA hospital in Kansas City. Authorities say a shark attacked him two days ago while he was snorkeling with his family in Hawaii.

Grasing suffered injuries to his left arm and leg. Other swimmers helped pull him out of the ocean and get to safety. First responders rushed him to a nearby hospital for treatment.

During a news conference on Friday, Grasing described the terrifying attack.

“I had a sort of feeling, this is really happening to me? And I’m questioning it happening, it was all so surreal,” he said. “I said, ‘the shark is coming at me?’ Yeah, the shark is coming at me and it bit me and I said, ‘yeah, this is it.’”

He said he felt he was at the shark’s mercy.

“And I heard that you know, you should hit the shark in the face, but it’s very difficult to hit the shark in the face cause it’s a lot of teeth there and they’re sharp and it’s moving fast and this happening very quickly,” he said.  “But I did hit it in the side of the head. And fortunately either it didn’t like what it tasted or it didn’t seem quite right, so I was really at its mercy.”

Doctors say Grasing should be released from the hospital later on Friday night.



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