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German girl who lost an arm to a shark in Hawaii dies

Woman survived a week after being attacked near the shore on the Hawaiian island of Maui before succumbing to her injuries yesterday.

A beach on the Hawaiian island of Maui
A beach on the Hawaiian island of Maui
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A YOUNG GERMAN woman who was attacked by a shark and had her right arm bitten off died yesterday at a hospital in Hawaii, medics said.

Jana Lutteropp, 20, passed away at Maui Memorial Medical Centre after spending days on life support and in critical condition.

She had been snorkelling in murky waters not far from the shore on the island of Maui when she was attacked by a shark last Wednesday.

A hospital spokeswoman, Carol Clark, released a statement from Lutteropp’s mother and sister, Jutta Lutteropp and Julia Broeske, that said the young woman had fought hard to survive the attack, the Maui News reported.

“However, we are sad to say that she lost her fight today,” the statement said.

“Jana was a very beautiful, strong, young woman who was always laughing, and we will forever remember her that way,” the mother and sister said in the statement.

It was the seventh shark attack in Hawaiian waters this year, and the fourth in Maui.

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