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Man says shark attack saved his life: ‘I’ve gotten a second chance’

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FITCHBURG, Mass.– A man says a shark attack saved his life. Eugene Finney told CBS Boston that he was swimming off the California coast when a shark slammed into him. “Something struck me from behind. I’d never been hit like that before. It was pretty jarring. It kind of gave me an instant whiplash,” he told the TV station.

Finney was on vacation with his family. He said when he got out of the water his daughter asked him why his back was all bloody.

He had a big cut and bruise, but when the pain in his chest and back wouldn’t go away he went to the hospital back at home in the Boston area.

That’s when Finney learned something terrifying. Doctors found a tumor on his kidney; it was cancer. But there was good news too. He had it removed and won’t need radiation or chemotherapy.  Finney said if the shark attack hadn’t happened, he would never have known about the cancer.  “I feel fortunate. I really feel like I’ve gotten a second chance at life and I’m not going to blow it,” he told CBS Boston.