Teen recovering after gator bite: 'My head hurts, but I'm good'

Published On: Jul 10 2013 07:21:04 AM HST
GENEVA, Fla. -

A 17-year-old boy was bitten in the head by an alligator in a wooded area of Seminole County on Monday afternoon, and he returned to the river Tuesday with wounds covered in stitches and staples.

Andrew Hudson’s bite isn’t life threatening, but he walked away with quite a story.

"He just came up behind me and took me under and I started freaking out, and then I swam away from him," Hudson said.

The bite happened in the Little Big Econ Forest when Hudson was swimming in the Little Econ River with friends.

He said the 9- to 10-foot alligator came up behind him and he didn’t see it. He swam as hard as he could to get away.

"My head hurts a little bit, but other than that I'm good," said Hudson.

His friends called for help as he out swam the gator. He got away and wrapped his shorts around his head to stop the bleeding.

Paramedics said that may have saved his life.

Rescuers were called to transport the teen to a South Seminole Hospital for treatment. He was given stitches and staples, but will be just fine.

“There is 18 in here (referring to stitches).  There's three in the back.  There's 13 staples this way and two staples over here,” Hudson said.

On Tuesday evening, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation said they believed the captured and killed the alligator that attacked Hudson.

Hudson's mother said she hopes her son never goes swimming in the river again.


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