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Massachusetts Man Gets Attacked by a Shark and It Saved His Life [PICS]

A Massachusetts man vacationing in California was attacked by a shark while swimming off Huntington Beach and it may have just saved him.

Eugene Finney was swimming in the waters off of Huntington Beach, California when he was attacked by a shark.

At the time, Finney was holding his daughter in his arms which caused him to clutch her tightly and swim hard to the shore.

Finney said, “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 received a gash from the top of his shoulder to the center of his back, and the scare of his life, but what he found out next was even scarier.

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“That night I started having pretty serious chest and back pains,” said Finney.

Upon arriving at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Brighton, he was told that, while “the pain was caused by interior bruising of the thoracic cavity due to blunt force trauma.”

Finney said, “They had discovered a growth, or a tumor, on my right kidney about the size of a walnut.”

After a diagnosis of cancer, and minimally invasive surgery, Eugene Finney admitted, “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.”

Now it’s official- a documented shark attack that saved a man’s life.

Pictures via CBS Boston

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Massachusetts Man Gets Attacked by a Shark and It Saved His Life [PICS]