Family members of the young woman attacked by a shark off the shore of San Onofre State Beach say she has a “rough road ahead.”
Leeanne Ericson was in a medically induced coma Sunday night at Scripps Memorial Hospital, her mother Christine McKnerney-Leidle told NBC 7.
“I can’t imagine my daughter being in that water and the shark taking her under,” McKnerney-Leidle said through tears. “How scared she was. She must’ve been so scared, so scared.”
The attack happened Saturday shortly after 6 p.m. in a well-known surf spot nearby the San Diego County beach called Church. The surfspot is north of the now-closed San Onofre power plant near Basilone Road and Camp Pendleton.
The family was told the shark was 10 feet long. They don’t know what type of shark it was.
The shark took the entire back of Ericson’s leg, missing her major arteries but damaging her nerve and tearing out muscle. It’s too soon to know what that means for the young mother of three, her parents said.
A GoFundMe page has been established to help with her expenses. The page says that Ericson is “fighting for her life.” Thoughts are with her children and loved ones.