A Brit backpacker who was dragged underwater by a crocodile before her hero sister stepped in to punch it and fight it off, has left hospital.
Melissa Laurie, 28, was put in a death roll by the ten-foot crocodile while her twin sister Georgia punched it repeatedly on its nose during the attack at a lagoon, in Puerto Escondido, Mexico.
The predator released its grip but Melissa was left with serious injuries and put in a medically-induced coma. She had serious lung injuries, lacerations to her organs and bite marks to her body which became infected.
Now, 12 days later she is well enough to have been released from hospital and is being looked after by her parents, Sean and Sue from Sandhurst, Berkshire, along with her sister.
She was reportedly seen leaving the Angel del Mar private hospital in Puerto Escondido on Saturday.
But she will not be able to return home to the UK for a couple of weeks as she continues her recovery from a punctured lung, said a Daily Mail source.
Georgia, who also suffered injuries in the attack, told the BBC that she thought her sister would be dead after the crocodile attacked.
The pair had been taken to a dangerous part of the Manialtepec Lagoon where crocodiles were nesting by an unlicensed tourist guide on June 6.
“I saw her getting taken underneath the water and my worse fear became a reality – that I’ve probably lost her. She’s dead,” she said.
‘I actually heard her scream and I saw her being taken underneath by the crocodile.”
Georgia said that she called the name of her sister and there was no response before she saw her body floating.
She continued: “I grabbed her body and I pulled it towards me, I rested it on my chest and she was blue and I tried to revive her.
‘But then the crocodile came along, so I beat it off and it went away but then she started going into a fit, flaying her arms and legs, I think she thought it was still attacking her.
‘And I tried to calm her down and then it came back. And that’s when I sustained actually the most injuries because it grabbed her on the leg and her behind and tried to death roll her and drag her away.
‘So I was beating it on its snout and it grabbed my wrist and my arm.”
While Melissa has made a quick recovery, doctors still say she needs to stay in Mexico until her lungs are in a fit enough state for her to fly.