Proof that Most People are Decent

I mentioned that we had a shark attack yesterday a few counties away. Unfortunately, one teen was injured badly, but she is still alive today thanks to the outstanding and unselfish behavior of any number of people. I don’t for one minute believe what the media has led us to believe about most people, and this account from the girl’s mother supports that :+1: :smiling_face_with_tear: :shark::

"Today is Sunday June 9, 2024 and I wanted to share Lulu Gribbins story so that everyone can continue to pray for this sweet and beautiful child of ours. Lulu and her twin sister, Ellie, and I headed down from Birmingham to the beach with some of their friends and their moms on Wednesday June 5. It was our first mother daughter beach trip, and we were all incredibly excited. Our first two days were amazing on the beach being with friends and going to dinners.

Friday, we decided to walk down from where we were staying right outside Rosemary Beach for lunch. After lunch we were walking back on the beach to the girls and everyone on the beach was standing looking out into the water. No one was in the water and all we heard was there was a shark and we started to look as well. My friend called both her daughters and they were not answering so she started to panic and said there is something wrong and started running and so we all did. The beach was packed with people just looking. I came up on a group of people surrounding someone on the ground and looked down and it was Lulu who was there. Ellie found me and said Mom its Lulu.

I saw her wounds on her leg and started to scream. She was lifeless her eyes closed mouth white and pale. The wound on her leg or all that was left of her leg was something out of a movie. I finally made it back to her and held her hand and she saw me, and I told her I was there. Her eyes were open. I had no idea how long she had been there or what had happened. Almost immediately the beach truck was there and the EMT’s loaded her onto a board and put her back in the truck and wheeled her off, she was air lifted away. One of my Mom friends immediately got me and Ellie up to house and in the car. We were told she was going one place and then finally got an answer she was going to Sacred Heart in Pensacola. This was an hour and 20-minute drive. We prayed the entire way. My friend who was driving was a God send for me and Ellie and knew exactly what to pray. All I could say over and over was please be alive please breathe. No one we called could give us any information.

We got to Sacred Heart and Lulu was already in surgery, but they answered my prayer that she was alive, and her vitals were good. Joe met me there and we waited for the surgeons to come and talk to us. Once they did we were informed that the shark had bitten off Lulu’s left hand and that they had to amputate her right leg halfway up from her knee to her hip. She also had lost 2/3 of the blood in her body. Of course, no one wants that for your child but she is alive. They also told us that Lulu may be intubated for the next week or so and would need 4-5 surgeries to finalize her amputations.

Yesterday, Saturday Lulu did not have surgery like we expected and her vitals were exactly what the team of doctors and nurses wanted. She did so well that they ended up taking the tube out of her throat and she was breathing on her own. This was a first big step. Once she was settled her first words to us were " I made it." And boy she did.

Lulu relived the story of what happened on the beach that day. There were 6 friends all at the first sand bar about waist high looking for sand dollars. Probably like the hundreds of other people in the water that day. I am not sure who noticed the shark first, but Lulu said it bit her hand and then her leg and then went for her other friend and got her foot. Lulu said a man grabbed her other arm and pulled her out and another younger boy helped him carry her to shore. Once on the shore there were two doctors and two other young women one of whom was a nurse who were all surrounding Lulu. These individuals put tourniquets on Lulus wounds. Which I believe was crucial to saving Lulu’s life. She was then taken by the beach truck and airlifted to Sacred Heart in Pensacola where we are now.

I am eternally grateful for the 3 surgeons and all the nursing staff and doctors here at this hospital who saved Lulu. I am grateful for the doctors and nurses on the beach that day. I am grateful for the EMT’s on the beach and the crew in the air. I am grateful for the individual who pulled her out of the water. We appreciate the outpouring of love and support that we have been shown."


Oh my word. So relieved to hear Lulu is coming through the other side right now. I was speechless reading your account of events my mouth was dry and I gasped throughout but then I felt I was reading a new Novel and I will soon turn the next page to find some twist and turn relief.

I hope that your conclusion is true …it certainly was in your case. I am disillusioned with people right now and see too many things occuring that bother me. Some personal to me that have altered my life expectations. So maybe I have just been unlucky but my word I am so happy your daughter had this care just when she needed it.

Oh gosh, this isn’t my daughter, but it was catastrophic all the same.

How awful i just hope and pray lulu gets stronger . Thank goodness there were trained people to help . So distressing .

I was amazed how this all came together to save this girl. I posted after speaking to a neighbor who was there, who said the number of people who approached the shark to get people out of the water was amazing; while others rushed forward to help the girls out of the water, call 911 (our emergency number), hand over items to help tourniquet the wounds, and then clear the beach so the first responders could get there.

People who rush to danger or push down there fears to help have my respect.

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I am so glad you posted an uplifting story.

Unfortunately, in journalism, the saying “if it bleeds, it leads” is all too true. So the media is full of stories of people being awful to each other, when in fact, in my daily life, I find the opposite to be true.

During my day, I see lots of small kind acts–young people standing on the bus when elderly people get on. People chatting with check out clerks–people saying thank you to the bus drivers.


Where I am, little children are taught to say thank you to the driver from their buggy stage, and give the driver a wave. I think its adorable!

I believe most people have manners and are polite, and the ones who aren’t…well they are influenced by the internet and generally wouldn’t do half the things they do if it couldn’t be “liked” or “followed”

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Spot on. I have experienced exact opposite here in the U.S. and when we have traveled abroad.