GREENVILLE, N.C. -- Sitting in a wheelchair with a colorful knee-to-toe bandage, 6-year-old Lucy Mangum expressed no fear or anger toward the shark that mangled her right leg while she was swimming at Ocracoke, on the North Carolina Outer Banks, last week.
"He didn't mean to do it," she said. "I tried to swim away."
But she also told her parents at one point, "I should have kicked him in the nose."
Lucy and her parents, Jordan and Craig Mangum of Durham, N.C., described the attack during a news conference at the East Carolina Heart Institute at Pitt Memorial Hospital in Greenville, N.C., where the girl has been treated.