Andrew Hudson might just be the luckiest person in the world right now for surviving an alligator bite to the head Monday.
The 17-year-old was swimming in a river in Little Big Econ State Forest in Florida with some friends that afternoon. After he kicked what he thought was a log in the water, an alligator came up behind him and jerked him underwater.
“Basically we were floating down the Econ River, kinda swimming and then out of nowhere a gator came up behind me and just basically bit me in the head,” Andrew Hudson said. “At first I didn’t know what it was, so my reaction just started swinging and took off swimming as fast as I could to get away from it.”
The Florida teenager was able to get out of the water safely, but he had a lot of blood pouring down from his head. His friend, Mark O Shea, went to find a park ranger who called the paramedics.
“He had blood from the top of his head all the way down and I told him to take his shorts off, put them on top of his head to stop the bleeding,” O Shea said.
“They looked at me like I was crazy. I’m like, ‘My friend really got bit by an alligator,’” he added.
Andrew Hudson was rushed to South Seminole Hospital where he went through three hours of surgery.
The Seminole County resident was very shocked that he was attacked by the alligator because he went to the state park for years without any problems.
“I have been going there since middle school, never any problems. It’s fun. I have never heard of anybody having problems out there,” he said.
Trappers are currently hunting for the alligator that attacked Hudson in Little Big Econ State Forest.
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