British teen attacked by crocodile had 'fully accepted she was going to lose a foot'

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A British teenager who was attacked by a crocodile while on holiday in Zambia said she had “fully accepted” she would lose her foot.

Amelie Osborn-Smith, 18, was dragged into a death roll by the 10ft reptile during a white-water rafting trip with friends on the Zambezi River near Victoria Falls last week.

She said she had told her friends she thought she was going to lose her foot as a result of the attack last Tuesday. 

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Amelie Osborn-Smith talks to Dr Mohamed El Sahili as she recovers in hospital. (Medland Hospital)
Africa. Zambia. Crocodile on river bank. (Photo by: White Fox/AGF/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)
A file photo of a crocodile on a river bank in Zambia. (Getty Images)

However, doctors at the Medland Hospital in the Zambian capital Lusaka said her foot is fine and she will be able to walk again.

Speaking from her hospital bed, Ms Osborn-Smith, from Andover, Hampshire, said: “You don’t really think in that situation.

“Obviously, people say you see your life flash before your eyes or whatever but you don’t, you just think, ‘How do I get out of this situation?’

“And your brain just goes into overdrive and you just think how to get out but I was just very, very lucky.”

In a video posted on the hospital’s Facebook page, she said: “When the accident happened I fully accepted the fact I was going to lose my foot.

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“I accepted that and I’d said to all my friends, it’s fine, I’ve lost my foot, I’m still alive.

“And then I was told my foot is fine and I’m going to be able to walk again and it’s such a relief.”

Ms Osborn-Smith was on a gap year visit to Zambia where her grandmother owns a farm.

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Amelie Osborn-Smith said she felt 'lucky to be alive' after being attacked by a crocodile in Zambia. (Medland Hospital)
A rainbow emerges at the Victoria Falls in Livingstone on January 23, 2020. - The Victoria Falls, a UNESCO world heritage site measuring 108 meters high and almost 2km wide. (Photo by Guillem Sartorio / AFP) (Photo by GUILLEM SARTORIO/AFP via Getty Images)
Amelie Osborn-Smith was near Victoria Falls in Zambia when she was attacked by a crocodile. (AFP via Getty Images)

It is understood she was resting her leg over the side of the boat when the crocodile bit her and dragged her under the water.

The Sun reported that she was rescued by friends who punched the crocodile before dragging her back into their boat.

She was flown by helicopter to an aid post in nearby Livingstone and then on to Lusaka, 240 miles away, where surgeons managed to save her foot.

The hospital said she will rejoin her family in the UK within the next 48 hours.

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