Thursday, July 12, 2012

That's All He Got Left 'Cause Alligator Bit It

Right* arm gone clean up to the elbow.

MOORE HAVEN, Fla. – Pink gauze wrapping the stump where his arm hung just a few hours before, Kaleb "Fred" Langdale, 17, managed a weak smile and asked his aunt to snap a quick photo with her iPhone before he underwent surgery to repair the damage.

Langdale's request to his aunt, LaDawn Hayes: Post the photo to Facebook so his friends can see he's OK.

It appeared the soon-to-be senior was taking the trauma in stride. He lost the lower portion of his right arm to an alligator while swimming with friends Monday afternoon in the Caloosahatchee River, which travels from Lake Hicpochee near Lake Okeechobee to the Gulf of Mexico in southwest Florida.

"I walked in (to his hospital room) and he told me, 'Well, it looks like you're not gonna be the only left-handed person in the family,' " sister Rebecca Langdale said.

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*In Jerry Reed's classic song Amos Moses, the eponymous Amos loses his left arm to an alligator:


Borepatch said...

I heard that the lad wants the gator's stuffed head as a prosthetic rest

Bob said...

@Borepatch: If it had been me I'd want the gator's claws for a hatband, and I'd have me some matched alligator boots, belt and wallet.