A man from Massachusetts is radiating with joy after being a victim of a terrifying shark attack. The incident ended up saving his life in the most unbelievable way.
Eugene Finney was enjoying a blissful swim on July 13, relaxing on a vacation with his family. He was off the coast of Huntington Beach in California when a vicious shark rammed straight into him.
“Something struck me from behind. I’d never been hit like that before. It was pretty jarring. It kind of gave me an instant whiplash,” Eugene recounts.
Unable to cope with increasing intense back and chest pains five days later, he was admitted to a hospital. As expected, the blunt force trauma of the terrific attack would have brought upon the pain, but he was horrified to find another malice hidden inside.
“They (doctors) had discovered a growth, or a tumor, on my right kidney about the size of a walnut,” the 39-year-old says, stunned.
Luckily for him, the cancer was discovered in its beginning stage. Caught early, the treatment proved relatively simple.
Cancer apparently ran in the family as Eugene’s grandmother had passed away due to cancer as well.
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“I would have started losing weight and getting sick and at that point it would have been too late,” he says, drawing attention to the fact that the tumor would have remained hidden until stage 4 when it would show symptoms.
“If this didn’t happen with the shark, causing me to go in with this chest pain, I would have never known about this cancer,” he confesses. “I feel fortunate. I really feel like I’ve gotten a second chance at life and I’m not going to blow it.”
After undergoing surgery, Eugene is now declared 100% cancer free and does not need additional chemotherapy or radiation. He truly believes that the attack had a deeper meaning: it did not bite him off, just nudged him on a new life.
“If I could find this shark and give it a hug, I would,” he ends gratefully.
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