A young father from Massachusetts says a shark attack saved his life, because doctors spotted his cancerous tumor when he went to hospital after the attack.
Eugene Finney was swimming in the waters of Huntington Beach, California, during a family vacation in July when a shark slammed into him, leaving several cuts and bruises, and pain, in the process.
"Something struck me from behind. I'd never been hit like that before," Finney told CBS Boston. "It was pretty jarring. It kind of gave me an instant whiplash."
Finney struggled to get out of the water. When he returned to the shore, his daughter noticed he was bleeding.
"That's when my daughter said to me, 'Daddy, how come your back is all bloody?'" Finney told CBS Boston.
Although he had a long gash running down his back, at the time, Finney decided the wound did not merit a trip to the hospital.
"That night," Finney said, "I started having pretty serious chest and back pains."
When he returned home to Massachusetts days later, the pain only seemed to have intensified, so Finney went to St. Elizabeth's Medical Center in Brighton, Massachusetts.
"The pain was caused by interior bruising of the thoracic cavity due to blunt force trauma," Finney said.
The bruising would have eventually healed on its own. The tumor that the doctors found when examining Finney, would not have.
"They had discovered a growth, or a tumor, on my right kidney about the size of a walnut," Finney told CBS Boston.
The cancerous tumor was swiftly removed by Dr. Ingolf Tuerk, who used a minimally invasive robotic surgery procedure, according to Daily Mail.
"If this didn't happen with the shark, causing me to go in with this chest pain, I would have never known about this cancer," Finney said. "I feel fortunate. I really feel like I've gotten a second chance at life and I'm not going to blow it."