Father says his son suffered a brain injury after a giraffe attack in South Africa

Katy Williams and her son Finn, three (pictured) are in intensive care after the incident in a South African nature reserve

The British scientist, whose wounded son was attacked by a giraffe, is praying he will not suffer brain damage when his wife begins to recover after undergoing an induced coma during life-saving surgery.

Dr. Sam Williams is holding long bedside vigils at the South African hospital where his three-year-old son Finn and his wife Katy, 35, remain in intensive care.

The couple suffered life-threatening injuries after bothering a giraffe that was protecting her two-month-old calf in Hoedspruit, Limpopo province.

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Katy Williams and her son Finn, three (pictured) are in intensive care after the incident in a South African nature reserve

Katy Williams and her son Finn, three (pictured) are in intensive care after the incident in a South African nature reserve

The mother and son were only 150 meters from their home at Blyde Wildlife Estate when they were attacked by the animal on Monday.

Dr. Williams revealed that the giraffe will not be destroyed as a result of the attack.

He said: "I am grateful that the giraffe will move with her calf, since I was informed that it is not being destroyed as a result of the incident. I have no doubt that this is what Katy would want.

"Words are not easy at this difficult time, but he tries to stay positive and focus on every improvement they are making.

"I realize that, even if things are going well, we still have a long and difficult road to recovery, but I hope that one day we can throw stones at the river again and have moments to lie down.

"Katy and I are very aware of how wild animals behave and how we should behave around them." We also realize, with all the knowledge anyone can have, that the wild wild animal is still unpredictable, as has been shown by again this tragic event. "

Marina Botha, the family's lawyer, confirmed yesterday that Finn's condition remains critical after the attack.

She said: "Sam says that his wife and son are doing well under the circumstances and that Finn's condition has not changed and his condition is still critical.

Dr. Sam Williams (in the center) is holding long vigils by the bed in the South African hospital where his son is in a pediatric intensive care unit

Dr. Sam Williams (in the center) is holding long vigils by the bed in the South African hospital where his son is in a pediatric intensive care unit

Dr. Sam Williams (in the center) is holding long vigils by the bed in the South African hospital where his son is in a pediatric intensive care unit

"At this stage, the consequences of his traumatic brain injury are unknown and he remains under sedation." The family denies having been informed of any brain damage.

"The family has decided to remain positive until the magnitude of Finn's injuries is known."

The attorney said that Ms. Williams was operated by surgeons during the night of Wednesday through Thursday morning.

She said: "The doctors are satisfied with their condition, although she is under sedation.

"The operation was successful and she needs time to heal."

Conservation biologist Dr. Williams, 36, had run across the hills in the 394-hectare reserve that houses giraffes, antelopes, wildebeest, hippos and crocodiles.

The attack happened near his home at Blyde Wildlife Estate near Hoedspruit (pictured)

The attack happened near his home at Blyde Wildlife Estate near Hoedspruit (pictured)

The attack happened near his home at Blyde Wildlife Estate near Hoedspruit (pictured)

Mrs. Williams had taken Finn to see her father return from his career, as he usually did when they scared the giraffe that attacked to protect his baby.

The scientist and her son were trampled and it is believed that both would have died if her husband had not stumbled upon the scene when he returned from his career.

With the giraffe beating his wife and son with his long legs, he ran screaming, shouting and waving his arms, and the beast got scared and ran out with his calf.

He sounded the alarm and cared for his terribly affected and blood-soaked family when a medical team rushed to Blyde Wildlife Estate, which he then called in two ER24 air ambulance helicopters.

The crash attack occurred at 6 pm on Monday and in the early hours of Tuesday morning, Finn underwent emergency surgery to release intense pressure on his brain inside his skull.

Ms. Williams and Finn are being treated at the Busamed Modderfontein Hospital near Johannesburg.

Dr. Williams is from Bradford, Yorkshire, and his wife is from Baltimore, in the United States. They met while both were doing research work in Indonesia.

Ms. Williams and Finn sustained life-threatening injuries after bothering a giraffe that was protecting her calf for two months

Ms. Williams and Finn sustained life-threatening injuries after bothering a giraffe that was protecting her calf for two months

Ms. Williams and Finn sustained life-threatening injuries after bothering a giraffe that was protecting her calf for two months

Finn was born in the United Kingdom but spent his entire life in South Africa.

The manager of Blyde Wildlife Estate, Riaan Cilliers, said: "We are all shocked by this sad incident and we assure the family that they are in our prayers."

Mr. Cilliers confirmed that the giraffe in question has a two-month-old calf that may have influenced his behavior and may have been surprised by the mother and child.

Williams said in a previous press release that he considered the incident an "unfortunate act of nature" in which the giraffe viewed his wife and son as a threat to his calf.

He said the family has asked the public and the media to kindly respect their privacy during "this difficult time" they are going through and have published some family photographs.

Family lawyer Marina Botha said: "Sam confirms that he understands nature and the information available at the time he considers the incident an unfortunate act of nature.

"He understands that the giraffe saw his wife and son as a threat to his calf."

In an emotional post on Facebook, Mrs. William's father, Jack Standish, gave an update on his condition and said that his daughter had undergone a "surgery marathon".

He wrote: "The prayers and good loving thoughts of all religions are being sent to Katy and Finn.

"Katy underwent a surgery marathon yesterday, all surgeons are happy with the results, she will have additional operations in the future … Progress was made in the repair of her shoulder, ribs and facial injuries."

"Finn, he has had surgery on his hand and is still doing tomography and X-rays.

"They are still not out of danger, please, send us all your thoughts and prayers for both."

Why would a giraffe attack a human?

Animals in nature, including giraffes, attack when they feel threatened or insecure.

If they are with their young, the animal may be more nervous.

Giraffes like all animals can be frightened and startled.

If they are afraid, they may feel the need to defend themselves.

Animals can also attack for food if they believe the risk is worth the reward.

Giraffes may attack if they feel their young are threatened (stock image)

Giraffes may attack if they feel their young are threatened (stock image)

Giraffes may attack if they feel their young are threatened (stock image)

A wild animal could attack to protect its territory.

Male giraffes (called bulls) fight by striking their long necks and heads.

This is called & # 39; necking & # 39; and fights are usually not dangerous. They end when a bull admits defeat and leaves.

Men are known to be more violent during the mating season.

Giraffes, which are the tallest mammals in the world, are not usually aggressive, but they are known to attack if they feel threatened.

His main weapon is his head, which hit the enemies like a wrecking ball.

Your legs can also be dangerous, with a kick from a giraffe capable of killing someone.

The family lives in the nature reserve in a secure and carefully constructed natural reserve with 154 properties.

It has a clubhouse, tennis courts, gym and a restaurant and bar open to all residents.

It is said that Ms. Williams' father, Jack Standish, is flying to South Africa to comfort his daughter and grandson and help his son-in-law care for his young family after the attack.

Dr. Williams is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Limpopo and his wife Katy holds a postdoctoral position at the University of Mpumulanga.

Earlier this year, a cameraman who worked on the British television show Wild at Heart was killed by a giraffe when he filmed at the Glen Africa Game Reserve in Broederstroom.

The award-winning South African filmmaker Carlos Carvalho, 47, was shot down 16 feet in the air when the giraffe violently struck his neck and died in hospital.

The television series featuring a British family who runs an animal hospital in the African jungle was filmed in the Glen Africa reserve for many years worked by Mr. Carvalho.

Giraffes have one of the cruelest kicks in the animal kingdom and can kill a lion with a single ungulate beat and can also kill with blows from the head or neck.

They have small horns like protuberances called ossicones that they use against each other in fights.

An ER24 spokesman who sent two air ambulance helicopters confirmed that Katy and Finn suffered "numerous serious injuries" and were taken to the hospital in critical condition.

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