GOLDEN GATE ESTATES, Fla. - An 18-year-old Golden Gate Estates man, who lost his hand after an alligator attack in the Estates on Sunday night, may be getting back what he lost.
Timothy J. Delano, 18, was swimming in a drainage canal called “The Chrystal” near the intersection of Everglades Boulevard and 42nd Avenue when a 10-foot alligator bit his left hand off, said FWC spokeswoman Gabriella Ferraro.
Delano and two companions fled the canal and went to a gas station at Wilson and Golden Gate boulevards to call 911 at approximately 9:30 p.m., said Collier Emergency Medical Services spokeswoman Cherie Wilson-Watson.
Delano was airlifted to the Lee Memorial Hospital trauma center in Fort Myers by Collier EMS, officials said.
Ferraro said a trapper was able to find the attacking alligator last night. The gator was “harvested” and the victim’s hand was found in its stomach.
Attempts could be made to reattach the Delano’s hand, Ferraro said.
“Our goal is always to make a person whole again,” she said.
Delano is in good condition, reported Lee Memorial spokeswoman Pat Dolce.
Ferraro said people should recognize that any fresh water body in Florida could have alligators. She said those animals are most active at dawn and dusk.
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