Crocodile attack: British family’s fears as saved twin gets sepsison June 9, 2021 at 10:40 am

- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -

The British twins’ older sister says Melissa is in a “really serious” condition in hospital in Mexico.

Georgia and Melissa Laurie

image copyrightHana Laurie

A British woman who was saved by her twin sister when a crocodile attacked her now has sepsis from her wounds.

Melissa and Georgia Laurie, 28, were swimming in a lagoon near Puerto Escondido, Mexico, when Melissa was dragged underwater by the reptile.

Georgia punched the crocodile and saved her sister, who is now in a medically-induced coma in hospital.

But their older sister says Melissa’s situation is “still really serious” and “we’re not relaxing just yet”.

Hana Laurie told BBC Breakfast that bite wounds to Melissa’s stomach and legs had become infected.

“She has now developed sepsis,” she added.

Crocodiles try to drown their prey so Melissa also had “a lot of water and grass and things in her lungs,” Hana said.

Melissa and Georgia Laurie

image copyrightHana Laurie

Sepsis occurs due to an over-reaction by the body’s immune system.

When an infection manages to spread quickly round the body, the immune system kicks in and launches a massive immune response to fight it.

But this can have a terrible effect on the body – leading to septic shock, organ failure and even death.

The twins, from Berkshire, had been in Mexico to volunteer, work in animal sanctuaries and travel.

Hana previously told Newsbeat that they’d been swimming in a lagoon on Sunday when the crocodile grabbed Melissa and she disappeared under the water.

“Georgia found her unresponsive and started to drag her back to the safety of a boat,” said Hana, 33.

“The crocodile kept coming back for more – so she just started hitting it. She’d heard that with with some animals, that’s what you’ve got to do.”

Hana says Melissa was thrown about like a “rag doll” by the reptile.

“Luckily, her super-badass twin sister was there to punch it repeatedly – as it came back about three times – to try and save her.”

The twins had booked the lagoon trip through a hostel they’d been staying at and had been told the water was safe to swim in – which was “evidently not the case”, Hana said on Wednesday.

She said she was proud of her “feisty” sister Georgia, who has now been released from hospital after being treated for the injuries she got while saving Melissa.

Georgia is doing “much better” but is “really frightened” and is finding it “really difficult” seeing Melissa in a coma, Hana said.

“We’re still not out the woods – we’re hoping that she has saved her life,” she added.

“It remains to be seen how Melissa is when she wakes up, which she will.”

- Advertisement -




Mantuan roundel: UK places export bar on £17m artefacton May 28, 2021 at 11:34 pm

Ministers want the unique 15th Century piece depicting mythical gods to be "saved" for the nation.image copyrightDCMSThe UK has put a temporary export bar...

AcreTrader Secures $5M Seed Round To Advance Farmland Investment Platform

AcreTrader, which is trying to make it easier to invest in United States farmland, closed on a $5 million seed round of funding. Leading the...

Covid passports: Plans criticised by MPs amid fears of ‘two-tier Britain’on April 6, 2021 at 3:40 am

Certificates are likely to be a feature of life until the Covid threat is over, a government review says.It would be "remiss" of the...

Batley and Spen by-election: Nail-biter for Labour as count gets under wayon July 1, 2021 at 9:08 pm

Leader Sir Keir Starmer is desperate not to suffer another by-election defeat by the Conservatives.The Batley and Spen contest is seen as an important...

Johnson & Johnson Covid vaccine: FDA approves single-shot jabon February 28, 2021 at 12:40 am

The US is the first country in the world to approve the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.image copyrightGetty ImagesUS regulators have formally approved the single-shot...