The British woman rescued from the jaws of crocodile by her twin in Mexico has spoken for the first time since the vicious attack to thank her sister for saving her life.
Melissa Laurie was dragged under the water and put into a terrifying death roll as the crocodile tried to drown the 28-year-old zoo keeper from Berkshire.
She only survived because her twin Georgia fought off the ten-foot predator by punching it repeatedly in the face as she dragged her sister to safety.
Now speaking for the first time Melissa told of her gratitude that she came out of the horrific ordeal.
And she praised for beloved sister for fighting off the beast to save her life.
In a short voice message from her hospital bed in the surfing resort of Puerto Escondido she told MailOnline: ‘I am extremely grateful that I came out of this alive.
‘And that I had Georgia fight my side for me.
‘So I am very happy for that.’
Melissa Laurie (left) told of her gratitude that she came out of a horrific crocodile attack in Mexico
Determined to come to her sister's aid, Georgia punched the crocodile repeatedly in the head before dragging Melissa away by her hair
Melissa praised for beloved sister for fighting off the beast to save her life. Pictured: Georgia is pictured after the attack in Puerto Escondido in Mexico
Melissa suffered terrible injuries from the attack including deep bites to her body, legs, hands and wrists – some of which turned septic. She also suffered a suspected punctured lung and was put in a medically induced coma to aid her recovery.
But she has been brought round now and is able to speak to Georgia who visits her regularly at the private hospital where she is being treated.
The girls’ parents have told of their relief that Melissa’s condition is improving and have been sent a picture of their daughter in hospital.
Mum Sue Laurie told MailOnline: ‘Georgia sent us a picture of her in hospital bed in intensive care and we’ve seen Melissa for the first time.
‘She is looking quite a bit better.
‘She has traces of black eyes and a scratch on her face.
‘She still has monitors on her fingers – she’s still all wired up. And she has an oxygen tube going into her nose.
‘But it’s great to see to see her.
‘She is trying to smile but it’s obvious that she is in a lot of pain.’
The family have also received the first medical bill for Melissa’s treatment, which dad Sean has described as ‘eye-watering!’.