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A British teenager who was mutilated by a crocodile in southern Africa feared having her foot amputated and said she felt “very lucky” during an interview from her hospital bed.

Amelie Osborn-Smith, 18, was left with her right foot “hanging” and a dislocated hip after attack on Zambezi River in Zambia as she took a break from whitewater rafting expedition .

In his first interview since waking up from surgery, Osborn-Smith urged people not to let what happened to him stop them from being adventurous and taking risks. She said that when the attack happened, her brain got overworked and she didn’t see her life pass before her eyes.

“You just think: how do I get out of this situation? She said, after learning that her bravery had fans around the world. “I was very, very lucky,” said Osborn-Smith, adding that people should not be discouraged from rafting as these incidents were rare.

“Your life can end so quickly. It sounds cliché, but if you live thinking you’ll regret everything, you won’t have a fulfilling life.

She is now stable and is transferred to a trauma unit at a university hospital in London.

Osborn-Smith was attacked while traveling after graduating from Hampshire School. She was on a professionally organized rafting expedition when the group stopped for lunch and was reportedly encouraged by the guides to do a “quick dip” to the side of the raft to cool off as the area was considered safe. . Back at the boat, the 18-year-old was attacked and a crocodile attempted to pull her down.

She said she had expected to lose her foot after being taken to hospital and was “so relieved” when she woke up from the surgery to find the doctors were able to save him. .

“I told all my friends, it doesn’t matter if I lost my foot but was still alive,” she added. Osborn-Smith was taken by helicopter to nearby Livingstone Hospital. Her family were notified of the incident and they said her grandmother was sleeping on the hospital floor in a folding chair.

During the interview, Osborn-Smith’s grandmother said she was grateful that she could stay and that her granddaughter had had terrible flashbacks and dreams during the first few nights after the attack, but that she was much better now.

Osborn-Smith’s father Brent has previously opened up about what happened to his daughter, saying she is grateful to be alive and hopes to return to the UK this weekend.

“Amélie is a fit, intelligent, courageous and conscientious person who is extremely grateful to be alive and to have been so well cared for by all who were involved in her rescue,” he said.


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