Teen shows off stitches and staples after getting bit in head by 9 to 10 foot long alligator.
When 17-year-old Andrew Hudson woke up Monday morning, he never thought his day at Little Big Econ State Forest in Geneva would end this like.
"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."
Once they realized what was going on, Andrew's friend quickly called 911. But the boys were deep in the forest, so the teenager's friend sprinted for help eventually finding a park ranger about a mile away from where it happened. Andrew was rushed to south seminole hospital in longwood with non-life-threatening injuries.
"After more than three hours of emergency treatment and 19 stitches, 17-year-old Andrew has quite a story to tell."
"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 says the gator bite was quick, powerful, and painful. But he hopes to have all his stitches and staples removed by next week.