British backpacker attacked by crocodile develops sepsis as twin who rescued her visit hospital ziekenhuis
A British backpacker rescued from the jaws of a crocodile in Mexico by her twin sister has developed sepsis from her wounds.
Melissa Laurie, 28, of Berkshire, was dragged underwater by the ten-foot reptile that attacked her and sister Georgia while swimming in a lagoon during a wildlife tour on the west coast of the Pacific.
Georgia, who battled the crocodile, has now visited Melissa’s hospital bed for the first time, where the zookeeper is in a medically artificial coma.
Georgia Laurie (right) rescued her twin sister Melissa (left) from the jaws of a crocodile in Mexico while swimming in a lagoon
Georgia, who fought the crocodile, has now for the first time visited Melissa’s hospital bed where the zookeeper is in a medically artificial coma (file image)
Melissa was put into a terrifying death roll when the crocodile tried to drown her before Georgia, a skilled diver, fended off three attacks by repeatedly hitting the predator in the head.
The couple were rushed to hospital in Puerto Escondido surf resort on Sunday, where Melissa was placed in an artificial coma to help treat her horrific injuries, including extensive bite marks and a suspected punctured lung.
Georgia, who had been badly bitten in her arms and hands, was released from the hospital on Tuesday evening and was able to visit her twin brother for the first time since the horrific crocodile attack.
Their older sister Hana told the BBC those bite marks to Melissa’s stomach and legs were inflamed, saying the situation was ‘still very serious’ and ‘we are not relaxing yet’.
The twins were assured it was safe for them to swim in the water, ten miles from the surf resort of Puerto Escondido (above)
Melissa (left), a zookeeper, was saved from certain death by her sister who bravely went into the water to look for her
She added, “She has now developed sepsis.”
Sepsis occurs as a result of an overreaction of the body’s immune response to an infection.
The girls’ father, Sean Laurie, told MailOnline: “Georgia has been released from hospital and has been able to visit Melissa for the first time.
“She found it quite shocking.
“Georgia couldn’t talk to her because Melissa is still intubated and in an artificial coma.
The twins’ parents, Sue and Sean Laurie, said both their daughters had bite marks from the predator
“She now knows how serious her sister’s injuries are.
“Melissa has cuts on her face, black eyes and cuts on her body. Her legs are also badly injured, all bite marks.’
The 63-year-old Berkshire business consultant added: “Georgia’s injuries are not that bad, but they are still significant.
“She has teeth marks on her skin.
“The crocodile bit right through the palm of her hand.
“Her pulse is bad. She’s lucky the bite didn’t go through an artery.’
Now it’s revealed that the twins have been taken on an illegal tour of part of the Manialtepec Lagoon, known for the natural phenomenon of bioluminescence, by a rogue guide who has since fled the resort.
Melissa and Georgia Laurie, pictured as schoolchildren, were on a dream trip to Mexico when disaster struck
Twins Melissa and Georgia Laurie, now both 28, when they were babies, dressed in identical clothes
Mr. Laurie hopes to travel to Mexico to support Georgia and help Melissa home.
A GoFundMe page set up by the twins’ older sister, Hana, to pay medical bills has raised more than £28,000 and is still rising.
Hana Laurie has asked for financial aid to overcome the “difficulty traveling to Mexico to support them and pay for their medical care.”
The appeal, entitled ‘Georgia and Melissa Laurie – Crocodile Attack’ states:
“Because the guide has a bad reputation, Covid-19 and a general struggle to be clear about paperwork at the moment, we humbly and sincerely ask for help that someone can spare.
“Mel and Georgia desperately need their parents and the most amazing medical help we can get to get this horrific accident out of tragedy.”