The family of an American woman trampled by a giraffe in a South African reserve on Thursday has been pronounced for the first time since the incident.
The terrified Katy Williams, 35, and her son Finn, 3, were only 150 yards from their home at Blyde Wildlife Estate, near Hoedspruit, when they were attacked by the animal.
In an emotional post on Facebook, Mrs. William's father, Jack Standish, gave an update on his condition and said that Katy had undergone a "surgery marathon".
"The prayers and good loving thoughts of all religions are sent to Katy and Finn," he wrote.
Katy Williams, 35, and her son Finn, 3, photographed with their British husband Sam Williams, are in intensive care after the incident
"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."
Spouse Sam Williams, 36, was returning home from work and saw his wife and son being attacked and was able to chase away the giraffe and save their lives.
It is believed that the giraffe that had a two-month-old calf attacked the young mother and her son because she felt threatened when they surprised her.
It is believed that the scientist Dr. Katy Williams and her son Finn were trampled by the giraffe in a cruel and sustained attack until her husband Sam arrived and took the beast.
The attack happened near his home at Blyde Wildlife Estate near Hoedspruit (pictured)
Williams and her son Finn had been waiting near the family home for her husband to return from his afternoon drive in the hills surrounding the nature reserve.
Mr. and Mrs. Williams are scientists working in the game reserve and it is said that both have extensive doctoral experience in animal-related fields.
The attack occurred on Monday at 6 p.m. and Sam, born in the United Kingdom, asked for emergency help and the Hoedspruit Medical Rescue team ran to the scene to try to help.
But both were so badly injured in such a life threatening condition that they were transferred to a local airfield to wait for two helicopter air ambulances from Johannesburg.
Finn was the first to be transported by ER24 to helicopters at the Busamed Modderfontein Hospital in Johannesburg and the mother then followed in the second helicopter.
An operation was performed in Finn during the early hours of Tuesday morning to release pressure on his brain due to injuries suffered in the almost deadly attack.
His mother was operated and it is said that both are in stable but critical condition.
The manager of Blyde Wildlife Estate, Riaan Cilliers, confirmed the incident and 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 calf for two months, which may have influenced his behavior and may have been surprised by the mother and son.
Both husband and wife are scientists with doctoral experience in animal-related fields.
Both victims were flown to the Busamed Modderfontein Hospital in Johannesburg to receive treatment
Williams said in a press release that he regarded the incident as an "unfortunate act of nature" in which the giraffe viewed his wife and son as a threat to his offspring.
He said the family has asked the public and the media to respectfully respect their privacy during "this difficult time" they are going through and have published two family photographs.
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)
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.
Any further inquiries will be handled by your family Botha & Lovegrove Attorneys Marina Botha family lawyer located in Hoedspruit.
Earlier this year, the cameraman of the British television show Wild at Heart was killed by a giraffe while filming in the Glen Africa Game Reserve in Broederstroom in the North West Province.
South African filmmaker Carlos Carvalho, 47, was shot down 16 feet in the air when the giraffe crashed into him with his neck and died of his injuries later in the hospital.
The television series that shows a British family with an animal hospital in the African jungle was filmed in Glen Africa for many years and Carvalho had worked on most of the episodes.
It is said that the giraffe that killed him named Gerald attacked others in the past.
Giraffes grow up to 19 feet tall and can weigh more than a ton and are the tallest mammal in the world and males become aggressive in the mating season and females protect their young.
Later, Dr. Sam Williams confirmed in an update through his lawyer that several doctors had operated on his wife at the Busamed Modderfontein Private Hospital in Johannesburg.
Attorney Marina Botha said: "The operation to take care of multiple injuries suffered during the giraffe attack was completed during the first hours of this morning.
"Dr. Sam Williams wishes to thank all of the hospital's doctors and medical staff for their efforts to give his wife and son the best chance to heal.
"Both the mother and the child remain in a critical but stable condition." The family said they had decided to take one day at a time and stay positive, "the statement said.