90-year-old woman attacked by alligator upgraded to serious condition

The Copeland woman attacked by an alligator Wednesday was upgraded to serious condition, a Lee Memorial Hospital spokeswoman said Saturday.

Margaret Webb, 90, was bitten by an 8-foot alligator while walking along a canal in her front yard. A good Samaritan and family friend was driving by when he stopped to help.

Dwain Daniels III pulled Webb from the water after the gator released her. He then shot the reptile in its right eye with a .22-caliber rifle.

Webb was placed in an induced coma and had her leg amputated below the knee. She also suffered bites on her right leg, according to a report by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Alligator attack victims face risk of infection because of the high amounts of bacteria in their mouths. Officials doubt the alligator that attacked Webb will be recovered or that it survived the gunshot.

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