Florida Woman in Critical Condition After Alligator Attacks Her

Alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) in swamp
Alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) in swamp

Florida authorities have identified a woman who is in critical condition at a Florida trauma center after an alligator nearly bit off her hand Friday in the Everglades, officials said.

Kimberly Anne Sexton, 49, of St. Cloud in central Florida, was bit after she attempted to retrieve an empty can of Mountain Dew soda that had rolled off a dock and into the water at Willard’s Fish Camp, west of Fort Lauderdale in Broward County, according to the state Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the Broward County Sheriff’s Department.

“This woman apparently dropped a can into the water,” Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue spokesman Mike Jachles said. “As she reached in to retrieve it, that’s when she was bit by the alligator.”

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SOURCE: ABC News, David Caplan