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German tourist Jana Lutteropp dies days after shark bites off her arm in Hawaii

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HONOLULU (CBSNews.com) - A German woman who lost her arm in a Maui shark attack has died.

According to a statement from her family released by Maui Memorial Medical Center, 20-year-old Jana Lutteropp died Wednesday.

Lutteropp's death comes one week after a shark bit off her right arm while she was snorkeling off Makena. Her arm wasn't recovered.

The statement from her mother and sister says, "Jana fought hard to stay alive" but "lost her fight today," reports CBS station KGMB in Hawaii.

Family statement:

Jana fought hard to stay alive. However, we are sad to say that she lost her fight today.

Jana was a very beautiful, strong, young woman who was always laughing, and we will forever remember her that way.

We appreciate all the support from the Maui community, as well as the prayers and thoughts from around the world and in Germany.

We especially want to thank the wonderful caregivers and everyone at Maui Memorial Medical Center.

A high school teacher visiting from southern California came to Lutteropp's aid and swam her to shore. She was on life support earlier this week.

It's unknown what type of shark bit Lutteropp. State officials investigating the attack say witnesses didn't see the animal.

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The family asks that donations in Lutteropp's memory be made to the Maui Memorial Medical Center Foundation.

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