Florida teen survives alligator bite to head

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A teenager in Florida had a frightening encounter with the jaws of an alligator.

17-year-old Andrew Hudson was swimming in The Little Econolohatchee River when a 9 to 10-foot alligator approached him from behind.

The alligator opened its mouth and clamped its teeth on Hudson’s head.

Hudson described the ordeal:

“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. And 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.”

Hudson and his friends were deep in the forest so, one had to run a mile to find a park ranger for help.


17-year-old Andrew Hudson

He made it to a hospital and had to get dozens of staples and stitches in his head. His injuries were not life threatening.

“Biggest cut was right here. There’s 19 stitches in there and then there’s staples up here. There’s two cuts that way that have 15 staples and then there’s two staples over here and there’s stitches in my back from where one of his teeth went in there.”

Hudson hopes to have all the stitches and staples removed in a few days.

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