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PERRY, Fla. (AP) — A teenage girl was seriously injured when a shark attacked her off Florida’s Gulf Coast, authorities said.

The attack occurred Thursday afternoon off Keaton Beach, according to a Taylor County Sheriff’s Office news release.

The 17-year-old girl had been looking for scallops in the water with her family when a 9-foot (3-meter) shark wrapped its jaws around the girl’s thigh, according to statement from her family.

The girl poked the shark in the eyes and punched it before her brother, who is a firefighter, managed to fight the shark off and pull the girl onto a stranger’s boat. The brother put a tourniquet on the girl’s leg to slow blood loss.

After she was brought to shore, the girl was airlifted about 60 miles (95 kilometers) to a hopsital in Tallahassee, the state capital, officials said. Doctors told the family that the girl’s leg suffered extensive damage.

Officials didn’t immediately know what kind of shark bit the girl.

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A MEDICAL expert has revealed the signs to look out for that a loved one is dying, claiming that they can sometimes be spotted months in advance.

Physician Carol DeSarkissian reviewed WebMD's list of possible indicators that a terminally ill person is dying, including simple things like the person sleeping or snoozing more.

2Medical experts say signs can be spotted months awayCredit: Getty

Other early warning signs include eating/drinking less and talking less.

In the tragic cases of terminally ill children, the opposite can be true, with kids become more chatty as their condition worsens.

Patients can also experience more pain as well as changes in blood pressure, breathing rate and heart rate.

More signs include a change in colour of certain areas of skin around the knees, hands and feet.

A drop in temperature and difficulty breathing can also be an indicator

Regardless of symptoms, palliative care experts suggest that being present with your loved on is important.

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Many patients are likely to be comforted by the presence of friends or family, even if they can't express it.

Advice from Marie Curie said: "They may not respond when people talk to them or touch them.

"Even if someone does not respond to you, they may still be able to feel or hear you and be comforted by you being there."

The care charity also advised families to "do what feels right for you" when it comes to saying goodbye.

"Some people get worse more quickly than expected. So if there is something you want to say to your family member or friend, it's important to say it.

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"You may want to ask other family or friends to visit or say goodbye to your loved one. Or you might want to arrange for a religious or spiritual leader to visit.

"Not everyone wants to do this – and that's OK too. Some people might need time to rest between visitors and might find a large group of people overwhelming. Others might find it comforting to have people around."

2Symptoms include change in heart rate, breathing rate or appetiteCredit: Getty

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