‘I was very lucky’ – a British teenager devastated by a crocodile describes the ordeal

An Englishman Teenager who was attacked by a Crocodile while white water rafted in Zambia described himself as “very, very lucky” to be alive.

Amelie Osborn-Smith went on a gap year sailing adventure with friends in the south Africa country when she was being dragged over by a crocodile.

Despite the creature biting down on her leg, which was dangling in the Zambezi River, and then dragging her into a death roller in an attempt to drown the 18-year-old, she was saved after friends Another jumps into the water and punches the crocodile, forcing it to release her.

Speaking from her hospital bed in the Zambian capital Lusaka, Ms Osborn-Smith said she was unsure if she would have survived the horrific attack.

“You don’t really think in that situation. People say you see your life flash in front of your eyes but you don’t, you just think how can I get out of this situation,” she said in a statement. video posted to Facebook by her hospital.

“Your brain is overactive and you think of a way out. I was very, very lucky. “

When she was dragged out of the water, covered in blood and severely injured in her legs and feet, the girl said she thought she would never walk again.

“When the accident happened, I fully accepted the fact that I would lose my foot. I told all my friends “It’s okay, I’ve lost my leg but I’m still alive”. “

But after she was taken to the hospital for emergency evacuation, she underwent an operation, which succeeded in saving her foot.

Ms Osborn-Smith said: “When I was told I would be able to walk, it was a relief. “I was very relieved.”

She also talked about her gratitude to her grandmother, who joined her in the hospital and slept on the floor next to her bed as she recovered from surgery.

Despite her ordeal, she also said she doesn’t want the crocodile attack to keep anyone from visiting Zambia or pursuing their dreams.

“Don’t let an incident like this put you off. It doesn’t happen often. I think especially now, I’ve seen how your life can end so quickly.

“It sounds so cliché, but if you live your life thinking you’ll regret everything, you’ll never have a fulfilling life, so I just think do it the way you can and don’t let an incident get in your way.”

The 18-year-old, from Hampshire and going to school in Winchester, backpacked with friends for a school year after completing her A-Levels in the summer.

Speaking last week, her father Brent Osborn-Smith told Sun she has had “several surgeries” that have gone well, but is in need of “upgrade, definitive care in the UK as a matter of urgency”.

Mr Osborn-Smith added that because of the risk of infection, his daughter’s situation was still “touch and go”.

In the hospital’s video, a clinic doctor – Mohamed El Sahili – thanked her for the trust she had placed in the Zambian healthcare system.

However, a return to the UK could be difficult for Ms Osborn-Smith, as Zambia has been placed on the UK’s Covid red list following the emergence of the Omicron variant in southern Africa, which means Normally any visitor arriving in the UK from there would have to spend 10 days in a quarantined hotel.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/british-gap-year-crocodile-zambia-zambezi-b1970432.html ‘I was very lucky’ – a British teenager devastated by a crocodile describes the ordeal

JACLYN DIAZ

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