When Guns are Outlawed, Only Outlaws will have Gators (again)

alligator and sewerNice lizard. Niiiiiice lizard….


(How many times have we done gators, anyway, now? Four?)

They tried to reattach the lady’s hand.

A Central Florida woman underwent two surgeries, hours after, officials said, an alligator nearly bit her hand off in the Everglades, in Northwest Broward.

Broward Sheriff’s Fire Rescue officials said 49-year-old Kimberly Anne Sexton was bitten in the hand at Willards fish camp, a remote area west of Coral Springs, Friday evening. “She was standing on the dock, dropped a can into the water, and as she reached in to retrieve the can, that’s when she was bitten by the alligator,” said BSO spokesperson Mike Jachles.

Jachles said Sexton’s right hand was nearly severed as she reached for an empty Mountain Dew soda can. “She sustained a severe hand injury that was almost a full amputation of the right hand,” he said.

Two people accompanying Sexton at the camp, about a mile and a half west of the Sawgrass Expressway, near the Palm Beach County line, grabbed her by the legs to keep her from being pulled into the water. “That could have very well saved her life,” said Jachles.

Sexton’s hand was then freed.

It’s unclear whether the reattachment of the hand will “take.” If it’s “successful,” she can hope for, at best, a long and arduous recovery and therapy process. She might actually master a prosthetic faster.

Unlike many people injured or killed by gators, she doesn’t seem to have been asking for trouble. Just happened to be in the gator habit, where she very nearly entered the food chain.

7 thoughts on “When Guns are Outlawed, Only Outlaws will have Gators (again)

  1. raven

    Apparently in this case picking up litter had a cost associated. Wonder if it crossed her mind for just a second to let the can float away?

    1. redc1c4

      nope: decades of anti-liter propaganda has taken it’s toll…

      and that’s without pointing out that, had it sunk, some creature would have used it for habitat of one sort or another.

  2. John M.

    “She might actually master a prosthetic faster.”

    I had a relative suffer a nasty infection on the bottom of his foot. (He was north of the Social Security line, diabetic and suffered from neuropathy.) He was advised that the recovery time from getting a skin graft would likely be longer than amputating and mastering the prosthetic. He judged that he didn’t want to lose his foot, so he got the skin graft.

    In hindsight, the amputation would have been the better call. He was dead in 9 months for largely iatrogenic reasons.

    -John M.

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