A 28-year-old British woman who was gravely injured by a crocodile in Mexico before being rescued by her twin sister has reportedly developed sepsis after her stomach and legs became infected.
Melissa Laurie, who was saved from the predator when her twin Georgia punched it in the face and dragged her out of the water, has been placed in a medically induced coma, The Sun reported.
Their older sister, 33-year-old Hana Laurie, told BBC Breakfast that Melissa has developed sepsis, a life-threatening condition caused by the body’s response to an infection.
She said her situation is “still really serious” and that “we’re not relaxing just yet,” adding that Melissa also had “a lot of water and grass and things in her lungs,” The Sun reported.
Melissa, a zookeeper, was swimming in a lagoon 10 miles from the popular resort of Puerto Escondido as a part of a tour with her sister when the croc attacked and pulled her underwater.
Georgia reportedly dove under water to search frantically for her sister — before finding her floating face-down on the surface a few minutes later.
As she grasped her sister and swam toward a boat, the beast returned and attacked both women — but Georgia gamely fought back with a well-placed punch. Georgia was hospitalized with hand injuries.
Hana has launched a GoFundMe page to raise funds for the medical costs and for their family to travel to Mexico to be at their sides.
“Georgia has been discharged from the hospital and remains nearby to continue with dressing changes and treatment,” Hana wrote.
“She has told us she went to see Melissa before she left and it was really hard,” she wrote. “Mel is very bruised, has two black eyes and deep cuts to her face, torso and leg where the crocodile has bitten and scratched her.”
Hana added: “It has since transpired that this guide was known locally to be operating in an unlicensed and illegal way, but since is nowhere to be found.
“”We are so lucky that Georgia was there, and had immediate reaction through her water rescue training to fight off the crocodile and drag Mel to safety,” she wrote.
In an interview on BBC Radio Solent, Hana said her sisters booked the tour through their hostel, adding that their guide took them to an “unsafe” and unapproved swimming spot.
“He’s an unlicensed tour guide and according to someone on a Mexican Facebook page he’s been doing it for a while, doing illegal tours in unsafe, unregistered areas,” she told the outlet.
“He’s gone to where the crocodiles live and not the location where all legal certified sanctioned tours take place. He has been called out locally before, apparently, but that wasn’t for my sisters to know,” she said.