British student left paralyzed after horror bison attack

British student left paralyzed after horror bison attack

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Amelia Dean, known as Mia, was thrown into the air by the animal after it gored her leg.

The 19-year-old was charged at just two days into her gap year trip (Picture: gofundme.com/Getty)

A British student has been left partially paralyzed after a terrifying bison attack.

Amelia Dean, known as Mia, was thrown into the air by the animal after it gored her leg.

The shocking incident took place at Cluster State Park, South Dakota.

Ms Dean, from Brockham in Surrey, had only recently arrived in America at the time of the attack.

She was on the second day of a gap year across the country.

The 19-year-old, a friend and their dog had spotted the bison grazing nearly 100 feet away as they walked through the state park.

They were then ‘shocked into stillness’ as it suddenly turned and charged.

One of the bison’s horns pierced her left thigh as she fell to the ground bleeding.

go fund me image of amelia dean who was hit by a bison and is now paralyzed British woman has been left partially paralyzed after being gored by a bison that tossed her 15ft into the air in a US nature reserve.  Amelia Dean, 19, was attacked by a large male American bison while hiking with a friend through Custer State Park, South Dakota, seven weeks ago.  She was left bleeding heavily after the bison charged and one of its horns pierced her left thigh, severing the femoral artery and damaging nerves in her lower leg and between her thighs, according to her parents Matthew and Jacqueline Dean.  After the attack, the animal, which can reach a size of more than 6ft and weigh up to 907kg (2,000lb), stood near the backpacker's head until her friend managed to lead it away and called the emergency services.

She was left bleeding heavily after the bison charged and pierced her thigh (Picture: Leon McGowran)

She is now being treated in hospital following the animal’s attack.

Ms Dean told South Dakota’s KOTA TV: ‘I remember feeling the pressure on my hip, my hip being pushed back and I remember the sensation of flying in the air and going head over heels.

It’s a miracle I even lived until the ambulance got there, let alone kept my life and my leg.

‘I can’t walk without a walker or crutches. I can’t walk very far. About 20 meters and I’m done, for a long time.’

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, MT - MARCH 5: A bison looks back as it crosses the road near Lamar Valley in Yellowstone National Park.  (Photo by Erik Petersen/For The Washington Post via Getty Images)

A lone male bison had turned and charged at the pair of friends (Picture: Getty Images)

The bison, one of 1,500 in the reserve, had stood by Ms. Dean following the incident.

It was then bravely led away from the injured teenager by her friend.

Ms. Dean is being treated at Rapid City Hospital in South Dakota, where she is now paralyzed with nerve damage below the left knee.

Her parents Matthew and Jacqueline flew to be at her side.

They stated: ‘Mia was shocked into stillness [and] the bison halted directly in front of her.

go fund me image of amelia dean who was hit by a bison and is now paralyzed British woman has been left partially paralyzed after being gored by a bison that tossed her 15ft into the air in a US nature reserve.  Amelia Dean, 19, was attacked by a large male American bison while hiking with a friend through Custer State Park, South Dakota, seven weeks ago.  She was left bleeding heavily after the bison charged and one of its horns pierced her left thigh, severing the femoral artery and damaging nerves in her lower leg and between her thighs, according to her parents Matthew and Jacqueline Dean.  After the attack, the animal, which can reach a size of more than 6ft and weigh up to 907kg (2,000lb), stood near the backpacker's head until her friend managed to lead it away and called the emergency services.

Ms Dean is recovering in hospital following the traumatic attack (Picture: Leon McGowran)

The two stared at each other for a few seconds before the bison surged forward, goring her in the left thigh with his horn, and threw her head over heels about ten to fifteen feet in the air.

‘When she hit the ground Mia was trapped, unable to move her bleeding leg, with the bison huffing directly over her, his feet by her head for some time.’

Mr and Mrs Dean are trying to raise £140,000 to transfer Ms Dean to the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota for specialist treatment.

Her parents added: ‘Mia is English and while her travel insurance has paid so far for the femoral artery bypass, they are refusing to pay for even the initial examination by the specialist of her nerve injury.

‘Mayo clinic, a world-class hospital in the peripheral nerve field – a very niche field – has accepted Mia as a referral from Rapid City Hospital.’

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