Tiger nearly rips arm off 5 year old girl at Predator Park Sun City Johannesburg Africa
07/05/2006 22:07 – (SA)
Tiger attacks five-year-old
Virginia Keppler, Beeld
Johannesburg – Helen Catherine Grant, 5, from Rustenburg, whose arm was nearly severed by a Bengal tiger at Predator Park near Sun City, is doing well.
"Everything is 100% fine and she is recovering well," said her mom, Natalie Grant, on Sunday.
Helen was injured after she had tried to stroke the tiger while on a family outing to the park. The tiger got hold of her hand and then her arm. Her uncle had to kick the tiger, Ruby, in the face before she let go of the girl.
The arm was attached only by a piece of skin on the upper arm by the time the tiger let go.
Last Friday doctors were worried that the arm was too cold, and they feared that veins might have collapsed. After a thorough examination in theatre, it was found there was no cause for concern.
"The arm is making good process and the surgery was successful. We don’t know yet if follow-up surgery would be necessary and how long she will have to remain in hospital," said Grant.
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