Shark Attack Survivor Bethany Hamilton Pregnant With Baby Boy: One Arm Won’t Slow Me Down

National   |   Sarah Zagorski   |   Feb 10, 2015   |   3:39PM   |   Washington, DC

In 2003, professional surfer Bethany Hamilton survived a shark attack on the island of Kauai, Hawaii that left her with a severed left arm. After the incident, Hamilton wrote about the experience in her autobiography, “Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back on the Board.”

And in April 2011, her story was featured in the film Soul Surfer. Remarkably, despite the tragic incident, Hamilton returned to surfing just three weeks after the attack.

Now Hamilton, 25, is expecting her first baby with husband, Adam Dirks.

In a video announcement about the pregnancy she said, “We have a little surprise for you … baby on board!” She also told People Magazine that she isn’t too worried about being a mom without an arm.

She said, “I’ve been thinking about it, but I often forget that I have one arm. When I think about it, a squirming baby and changing the diaper … I think how I live life, just adjust and adapt to different things, especially things that are a lot easier with two arms. There’s going to be things that will be very challenging with one arm, but I’ll just have to find my own way to take care of this baby. Of course, I’ll have Adam to help, but if he’s out and about busy, I’ll have to … figure it out and be creative.”

Dirk commented on the exciting baby news and explained that he will be by his wife’s side the entire time. He said, “The early days of life we’re going to have to find the balance. Bethany is going to be feeding the baby and taking care of it, and it’s really essential for her to be able to do that.”

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He added, “As we start traveling more, getting into surfing, I know I’m going to be there to support my wife and support our family and do what I can … changing diapers on the beach while Bethany is out there surfing some gnarly wave. I’m all for that and I’m just going to be really stoked to be a dad!”

Hamilton is 22-weeks-pregnant and is expecting a baby boy.

Hear more about their exciting baby news in the video below!