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Teenage shark attack victim turned pro surfer Bethany Hamilton welcomes second child

 Surfer Bethany Hamilton has welcomed a second child 14 years after losing her arm during a shark attack.

The now 28-year-old American athlete took to Instagram on Tuesday to reveal that she and husband Adam Dirks have a new addition to their family.

She took to the picture-sharing social network to share a cute snap of the family of four which served as an announcement  that new son Wesley Phillip Dirks was born.

Happy family: Surfer Bethany Hamilton has welcomed a second child 14 years after losing her arm during a shark attack as she took to Instagram on Tuesday to make the announcement that she, husband Adam Dirks, and son Tobias Burks have welcomed Wesley Phillip Dirks

The couple already have a three-year-old son named Tobias Burks together. 

Bethany captioned the sweet image: ‘We are overjoyed to welcome our son Wesley Phillip Dirks into the world! 

‘It’s been a beautiful time getting life started with the four of us! We are thankful to God for our two lil guys!!!’

Stunning: The 28-year-old pro surfer has been documenting her pregnancy on social media as she shared this snap earlier this month

Stunning: The 28-year-old pro surfer has been documenting her pregnancy on social media as she shared this snap earlier this month

Flower power: She seems to be in a great place years after her terrifying encounter

Flower power: She seems to be in a great place years after her terrifying encounter

Back in October Bethany took to Instagram to share a cute family video featuring Tobias to announce her pregnancy.

In the sweet clip, the youngster kissed her burgeoning baby belly as they joyfully announced the news.

In another Instagram she kept fans informed on her pregnancy journey as she wrote: ‘Filled with gratitude to be growing our family.

Happy news: Back in October Bethany took to Instagram to share a cute family video featuring Tobias to announce her pregnancy

Happy news: Back in October Bethany took to Instagram to share a cute family video featuring Tobias to announce her pregnancy

Touching: In the sweet clip, the youngster kissed her burgeoning baby belly as they joyfully announced the news

Touching: In the sweet clip, the youngster kissed her burgeoning baby belly as they joyfully announced the news

‘I want to thank everyone for the warm wishes towards our exciting news!!! The more time I spend as I mother and wife, I realize that it’s such a privilege and joy and I cherish my role deeply.’

Bethany and Adam married in August 2013 before welcoming their first child two years later in 2015.

Bethany’s story became an inspiration to many after she wrote about it in the book Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back on the Board.

Inspiring: Bethany's story became an inspiration to many after she wrote about it in the book Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back on the Board

Inspiring: Bethany’s story became an inspiration to many after she wrote about it in the book Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back on the Board

The book was made into a movie with Dennis Quaid and Carrie Underwood in 2011. Anna Sophia Robb portrayed Bethany.

At 13, Bethany lost her arm, and 60 percent of the blood in her body, surfing off the coast of Kauai when she was attacked by a shark.

She did not let the incident impact her dreams of surfing, however, and she began competing professionally four years later in 2007. 

In 2010, she was the twentieth ranked woman among surfers and has placed first in at least eight different surfing competitions in her career.

Passionate: At 13, Bethany lost her arm, and 60 percent of the blood in her body, surfing off the coast of Kauai when she was attacked by a shark, as she is pictured before the attack in 2003

Passionate: At 13, Bethany lost her arm, and 60 percent of the blood in her body, surfing off the coast of Kauai when she was attacked by a shark, as she is pictured before the attack in 2003

Making a splash: She did not let the incident impact her dreams of surfing, however, and she began competing professionally four years later in 2007. as she is pictured in January 2004

Making a splash: She did not let the incident impact her dreams of surfing, however, and she began competing professionally four years later in 2007. as she is pictured in January 2004



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