Zambia crocodile attack: British teenager Amelie Osborn-Smith “fully accepted” that she would lose a foot after being bitten

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Zambia crocodile attack: British teenager Amelie Osborn-Smith “fully accepted” that she would lose a foot after being bitten


A British teenager who survived a crocodile attack in Zambia said she had “fully accepted” that she was losing a foot.

Amelie Osborn-Smith, from Andover, Hampshire, was with friends on a gap year vacation rafting the Zambezi River near the famous Victoria Falls when the the incident happened.

The 18-year-old, who graduated from Winchester school earlier this year, reportedly rested her leg on the side of the boat when the crocodile bit her and dragged her underwater.

She was saved by a friend who allegedly punched the crocodile on the nose, with The Sun reporting that other rafters and guides also jumped into the water to fight the 10ft reptile.

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She allegedly rested her leg on the side of the boat when the crocodile bit her. Photo: Medland Hospital

She was then airlifted to a hospital in Lusaka, the capital of Zambia, about 240 miles away.

And speaking from her hospital bed, she revealed: “When the accident happened, I fully accepted that I was going to lose my footing…

“I said to my friends, ‘I lost my foot, but I’m still alive.’

“And then I was told that my foot will be fine and that I will be able to walk again, it was such a relief. “

She also described when the attack occurred in a video posted on the hospital’s Facebook page on Saturday, which said she is preparing to return home “in the next 48 hours.”

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Amélie finished her baccalaureate earlier this year. Photo: Instagram / @ amelieosbornsmith

“A lot of people say you see your life go by, but you don’t,” she said.

“I was just like, ‘How am I going to get out of this situation? “

“I was just very, very lucky. “

The Zambezi River is a haven for those looking for water sports and magnificent views, but it is also home to a number of vicious – and potentially fatal – animals, including crocodiles.

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