Melissa Laurie is still in a “delicate” condition, say doctors, after the horror attack by a crocodile in Mexico’s Manialtepec Lagoon.
Her older sister Hana says the 28-year old suffered an open wrist fracture, organ lacerations and internal bleeding and had to be placed in an induced coma by medics.
Doctors are also concerned that Melissa could contract an infection and are attempting to stave that off with intravenous antibiotics. As they attempt to drain fluid from her lungs to give her a chance of being able to breathe on her own.
Meanwhile the “unlicensed” tour guide that took them to the dangerous lagoon has reportedly gone into hiding, the Daily Record reports.
Hana writes on a crowdfunding page set up to help raise money for her sisters’ treatment: "My sisters were taking a break from their ambitions to scuba dive and work with animals when they took a trip with a guide recommended by their hostel near Puerto Escondido, in Mexico.
"It's still unclear exactly where they were, but a crocodile attacked the group and viciously bit and shook Melissa.
"It has since transpired that this guide was known locally to be operating in an unlicensed and illegal way, but since is nowhere to be found.”
While Georgia has now been discharged from hospital, it’s still unclear how long Melissa will need to stay in intensive care, with her progress over the next few days being “key,” according to Hana.
“Georgia has been discharged from the hospital and remains nearby to continue with dressing changes and treatment etc.” Hana wrote.
“She has told us she went to see Melissa before she left and it was really hard. Mel is very bruised, has two black eyes and deep cuts to her face, torso and leg where the crocodile has bitten and scratched her.”
The two young women should never have been anywhere near the crocodile. Hana says that the tour guide the pair had hired was “unlicensed” and has been conducting “illegal tours in unsafe, unregistered areas” for some time.
"He's gone to where the crocodiles live and not the location where all legal certified sanctioned tours take place," she said.
"He has been called out locally before, apparently, but that wasn't for my sisters to know.”
She says that they only discovered the truth after they were both in hospital.
Melissa's mum Sue says it was the twins' strong bond that saved her daughter's life: "They have always been there for each other," she told the Daily Mail.
"The girls can fight like cats and dogs, but there is no closer relationship than twins. They will do anything for each other.
"And what happened in Mexico shows just that. If Georgia had not have been there who knows what would have happened."
The twin’s fundraiser has so far reached a total of over £30,000 and well on course for its £5k target. If you’d like to contribute you can find the GoFundMe page here.
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