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Dr. Mohammad Ali from Mississippi helps an Alabama teen after shark attacks

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A Mississippi doctor worked with a team of others on a Florida beach this weekend to save the life of an Alabama teenager after she was attacked by a shark.

Dr. Mohammad Ali, an interventional radiologist at Baptist Medical Group in Jackson, was on vacation in Rosemary Beach, Florida, when a shark attacked two teenagers in the Birmingham area on Friday. Ali and Dr. Ryan Forbess of Orange Beach (Alabama) Family Medicine were among those whose efforts helped save 15-year-old Lulu Gribbin, who was seriously injured in the attack. One of Lulu’s friends was also bitten by the shark, but suffered no major injuries from the attack.

“It was amazing,” Forbess said in a Facebook post. “It was actually God’s will that everyone was there at the same time to help.”

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Two men pulled the teenager out of the water. Ali and Forbess “were boogie boarding with their family and noticed a commotion and blood in the water not far from them,” Mississippi Baptist Medical Center said in a Facebook post. “After pulling their own families from the water, both doctors rushed to assist. Dr. Ali noticed the severity of the injuries and applied a tourniquet to her thigh and hand, while the other doctor and paramedics also assisted .”

Lulu was flown to a hospital in Pensacola, where she underwent surgery, her mother Ann Gribbin wrote on CaringBridge.

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“This was a first big step,” wrote Ann Gribbin. “Once she got settled, her first words to us were, ‘I made it.’

“I am forever grateful to the three surgeons and all the nurses and doctors here at this hospital who saved Lulu,” she added. “I am grateful for the doctors and nurses on the beach that day.”

Ann Gribbin said her right leg was amputated to the mid-thigh and her hand was missing after the shark bit it off. Lulu Gribbin will likely need four or five more surgeries to complete the amputations, her mother said in a Pensacola News Journal story.

The teen’s condition is improving, her mother said, and Lulu can talk.

“Lulu is strong, beautiful, brave and there are so many more things I can’t count,” wrote Ann Gribbin. “God has a plan for her, and we will be there to support her in any way we can.”

Collin Bestor of the Northwest Florida Daily News and Benjamin Johnson of the Pensacola News Journal contributed to this report.Lici Beveridgecan be reached at[email protected]. Follow her furtherX @licibevorFacebookbeefacebook.com/liciveridge.