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Giraffe assault leaves US lady Dr. Katy Williams and son Finn critically injured in South Africa

LONDON — An American scientist and her younger son had been combating for his or her lives Friday in a South African hospital after being attacked by a giraffe on the wildlife reserve in South Africa the place they stay. Dr. Katy Williams, 35, and her son Finn, three, had been attacked by the feminine giraffe near their house on the Blyde Wildlife Property close to Hoedspruit on Monday. Williams’ British husband, Dr. Sam Williams, 36, got here again from a run on the property to seek out his spouse and baby being trampled and was in a position to chase the animal away.

A lawyer for the household, Marina Botha, advised CBS Information on Friday that each Williams and her son remained in essential however secure situation and had been sedated. Katy had a “very lengthy surgical procedure” and Finn had additionally undergone an operation to launch stress on his mind from accidents sustained in the course of the assault. 

Botha advised CBS Information that she had spoken to the daddy, who works as a researcher on the reserve, and he stated it will be an extended restoration however that he and the medical doctors had been happy to see each sufferers “holding their very own.”

The supervisor of the Blyde property, Riaan Cilliers, stated in an announcement that the attacking giraffe had a younger calf, and it appeared that the animal had probably mistaken Williams and her son for a menace, prompting the weird assault. He stated each of the Williams are scientists “with post-PhD expertise in animal associated fields.”

Drs. Katy and Sam Williams are seen with their son Finn in an undated photograph supplied by the household. 


He stated the couple perceive nature after dwelling and dealing for years within the African bush and that the incident may solely be defined as “an act of nature.”

“We’re all in shock about this very unhappy incident and we make sure the household that they’re in our prayers,” Cilliers stated.

Katy and Finn Williams had been flown by medivac helicopter to a hospital in Johannesburg for therapy.

Father Sam Williams issued an announcement thanking the medical workers each in Hoedspruit and in Johannesburg for his or her work attending to his spouse and baby.

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