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Posted: Thursday, August 22nd, 2013 11:01 AM HST

German woman who lost arm to shark in Maui dies

By Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) A German woman who lost her arm in a Maui shark attack has died.

According to a statement from her family released by Maui Memorial Medical Center, 20-year-old Jana Lutteropp died Wednesday.

Lutteropp's death comes one week after a shark bit off her right arm while she was snorkeling off Makena. Her arm wasn't recovered.

The statement from her mother and sister says, "Jana fought hard to stay alive" but "lost her fight today."

A high school teacher visiting from southern California came to Lutteropp's aid and swam her to shore. She was on life support earlier this week.

It's unknown what type of shark bit Lutteropp. State officials investigating the attack say witnesses didn't see the animal.

The family asks that donations in Lutteropp's memory be made to the Maui Memorial Medical Center Foundation.



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