Brit teen saved by pal punching 10ft monster croc has leg rescued by surgeons

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A British teen backpacker that was savagely attacked by a huge crocodile in Zambia has had her leg saved by surgeons.

Amelie Osborn-Smith, 18, was left fighting for her life after the 10ft creature dragged her into a death roll in the mighty Zambezi River.

The 18-year-old was only saved when a brave pal courageously dived into the river and punched the beast furiously until it let go.

She was airlifted by helicopter to Zambia’s capital, Lusaka, where surgeons frantically tried to save her leg.

A relative said: "They haven’t amputated it. Everything else doesn’t matter. She is alive and she has still got her leg. She can still feel her toes."

On the attack, they added: "It is one of those things you don’t think will happen and then it does."

Her father, Brent, an osteopath who is based in London, told The Sun: "Amelie has been receiving excellent medical care in Lusaka and has been stabilised.

"The big risk with crocodile bites is that they’re filthy. They have every germ under the sun on their mouths and so far they’ve managed to control any obvious signs of infection.

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"She’ll need to be seen by a leg consultant before we know what her future will be."

Amelie’s parents are desperate to get her home and are hoping she will be allowed to return within the next 48 hours, as they have not been able to fly out to comfort her because of Covid quarantine rules, with Zambia on the UK’s red list.

Her mum, Baroness Veronika von Pfetten-Arnbach, said in a statement: "Our daughter Amelie, 18, was attacked by a crocodile while on her gap year in Zambia.

"Thankfully, due to the efforts of her companions, she survived and is receiving the appropriate medical attention. This has obviously been a great shock to the family, and we ask for privacy at this time to be able to focus on Amelie."

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