Alligator almost severs Florida woman's hand off, authorities say

Alligator almost severs Florida woman's hand off, authorities say

Alligator almost severs Florida woman's hand off, authorities say

A Florida woman is in critical condition after a four-to-five foot alligator almost severed her hand, police say.

It was still attached, though, very severe nearly full amputation of the hand.

The story will be updated as more information becomes available. Broward Sheriff's Fire Rescue officials said the alligator that bit the woman was about four to five feet long. A FWC spokesman said the woman was from Palm Beach County.

The woman was standing on a dock when it happened, and people close by grabbed her to prevent her from falling into the water.

Coral Springs Fire Rescue's Division Chief Mike Moser said they got a report that a woman had her hand "bitten off". Someone called 911 and directed rescuers to the spot, Jachles said, and paramedics performed significant life support measures and had the victim on the ground at the hospital in less than an hour.

The woman is now in critical condition at a Broward county hospital. Her name was not released Friday night.

Kimberly Ann Sexton, 49, was airlifted to a local hospital following the incident on Friday evening and underwent immediate surgery, according to a report by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

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