On October 31, 2003, Hamilton, aged 13 at the time, went for a morning surf along Tunnels Beach, Kauai, with her best friend Alana Blanchard, Alana's father, Holt, and brother Byron. Around 7:30 a. m with numerous turtles in the area, she was lying on her surfboard with her left arm dangling in the water, when a 14-foot-long (4. 3 m) tiger shark attacked her, severing her left arm just below the shoulder. The Blanchards helped paddle her back to shore, then Alana's father fashioned a tourniquet out of a rash guard and wrapped it around the stump of her arm. She was rushed to Wilcox Memorial Hospital. By the time she arrived there she had lost over 60% of her blood and was in hypovolemic shock. A doctor living in a hotel nearby raced to the rescue. Her father, who was scheduled to have knee surgery that same morning, was already there, but she took his place in the operating room. She spent the next 3 weeks in recovery before being released. During subsequent media interviews, she confirmed that she felt normal when she was bitten and did not feel much pain from the bite at the moment of the disaster, but felt numb on the way to the hospital.
Bethany TV and Movie Quotes:
“You’ll find I’m not easily shocked, Bethany.”
Angel: Untouched (2000)
“Aunt Bethany, does your cat eat jello?”
Christmas Vacation (1989)