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Re: 08/17/2011 Denis Udovenko ( Russia )

Posted: Mon Nov 21, 2011 8:16 pm
by alb
Hands Lost to Shark, Man Seeks New Extreme

A man from the Far East who lost both hands in a shark attack in August has set his sights on the ski slopes, determined to overcome his debilitating handicap with help from sponsors back home.

Denis Udovenko, an active snowboarder before the gruesome attack, used money donated by the government, relatives and handful of well-wishers to buy a pair of rugged prosthetic arms designed to handle any outdoor adventure, RIA-Novosti reported.

The new pair of prostheses is simpler, more durable and less expensive than his first pair, which Udovenko plans to use at work and in everyday life. The two sets of prosthetic arms cost a combined 5 million rubles ($161,000).

Udovenko is currently undergoing physical therapy in Germany, where he's learning to use both sets of prostheses, and doctors say he's ahead of his training regimen and can eat and drink on his own.

Udovenko is relying on sponsors to cover the cost of treatment and rehabilitation.

The Primorye regional government paid for the trip to Germany, while authorities in Sakhalin — Udovenko's birthplace — gave 2 million rubles. Well-wishers donated another 3 million rubles, and tycoon Mikhail Prokhorov chipped in 2.4 million ruble when he was leading Right Cause's campaign for the State Duma.

At least three were injured in a string of shark attacks in the Far East this summer. Udovenko, who was 25 at the time of the attack in Telyakovsky Bay, originally underwent treatment in South Korea. Two others later suffered light injuries when they were attacked near Vladivostok.

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08/17/2011 Denis Udovenko ( Russia )

Posted: Wed Aug 17, 2011 7:32 pm
by alb
Russian survives rare shark attack in Far East: report

A shark attacked a young man in the Russian Far East biting off his arms in an extremely rare attack, a report said Wednesday

Moscow: A shark attacked a young man in the Russian Far East biting off his arms in an extremely rare attack in the northwestern part of the Sea of Japan, a report said on Wednesday.

"A 25-year-old man was brought in in grave condition, unconscious. His arms were chewed off at the elbows," the Interfax news agency quoted a source in a hospital in the Khasan district of the Far Eastern Primorye region as saying.

"He'll live," the source added.

A local law enforcement source told Interfax that a shark attacked the man 50 metres off the shore earlier Wednesday. "A witness helped the victim to get out of the water and also called rescue workers and medics," it said.

A spokesman for the local branch of the emergencies ministry confirmed to AFP that a "sea animal" attacked a man in the southern Khasan region but declined to provide further details.

Another local spokesman said officials expected to receive more details of the attack after hoping to speak to the man on Thursday.

Following the attack, local emergencies ministry officials toured the area warning thousands of swimmers to watch out for sharks, Interfax said.

Several types of sharks including the herring shark can be spotted in the northwestern part of the Sea of Japan but they do not attack people and swimming there is considered generally safe.

The emergencies ministry spokesman told AFP his ministry has never before registered a shark attack on a human in the Primorye region.