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Alligator attack victim talks at press conference

See larger Eighteen-year-old Tim Delano recounts the story of an alligator biting off his left hand during a press conference at Lee Memorial Hospital on Friday, July 16, 2010 in Fort Myers. Delano was swimming with friends on July 11 at a popular swimming hole near Everglades Boulevard and I-75 when the alligator attack occurred. David Albers/Staff

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Eighteen-year-old Tim Delano recounts the story of an alligator biting off his left hand during a press conference at Lee Memorial Hospital on Friday, July 16, 2010 in Fort Myers. Delano was swimming with friends on July 11 at a popular swimming hole near Everglades Boulevard and I-75 when the alligator attack occurred. David Albers/Staff

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  • Debbie Delano touches the arm of her 18-year-old son, Tim Delano, as he recount the story of an alligator biting off his left hand during a press conference at Lee Memorial Hospital on Friday, July 16, 2010 in Fort Myers. Delano was swimming with friends on July 11 at a popular swimming hole near Everglades Boulevard and I-75 when the alligator attack occurred. David Albers/Staff
  • Eighteen-year-old Golden Gate Estates resident Tim Delano recounts the story of an alligator biting off his left hand surrounded by his friend, 16-year-old Virginia Mount, and his mother, Debbie Delano, at a press conference at Lee Memorial Hospital on Friday, July 16, 2010 in Fort Myers. Delano was swimming with friends on July 11 at a popular swimming hole near Everglades Boulevard and I-75 when the alligator attack occurred. David Albers/Staff
  • Eighteen-year-old Tim Delano recounts the story of an alligator biting off his left hand during a press conference at Lee Memorial Hospital on Friday, July 16, 2010 in Fort Myers. Delano was swimming with friends on July 11 at a popular swimming hole near Everglades Boulevard and I-75 when the alligator attack occurred. David Albers/Staff
  • Sixteen-year-old Virginia Mount discusses being with her friend, 18-year-old Golden Gate Estates resident Tim Delano, as he was attacked by an alligator and rushed to the hospital at a press conference at Lee Memorial Hospital on Friday, July 16, 2010 in Fort Myers. Delano was swimming with friends on July 11 at a popular swimming hole near Everglades Boulevard and I-75 when the alligator attack occurred. David Albers/Staff
  • Debbie Delano listens to her 18-year-old son, Tim Delano, recount the story of an alligator biting off his left hand during a press conference at Lee Memorial Hospital on Friday, July 16, 2010 in Fort Myers. Delano was swimming with friends on July 11 at a popular swimming hole near Everglades Boulevard and I-75 when the alligator attack occurred. David Albers/Staff
  • Eighteen-year-old Tim Delano recounts the story of an alligator biting off his left hand during a press conference at Lee Memorial Hospital on Friday, July 16, 2010 in Fort Myers. Delano was swimming with friends on July 11 at a popular swimming hole near Everglades Boulevard and I-75 when the alligator attack occurred. David Albers/Staff
  • Eighteen-year-old Tim Delano recounts the story of an alligator biting off his left hand during a press conference at Lee Memorial Hospital on Friday, July 16, 2010 in Fort Myers. Delano was swimming with friends on July 11 at a popular swimming hole near Everglades Boulevard and I-75 when the alligator attack occurred. David Albers/Staff
  • Eighteen-year-old Golden Gate Estates resident Tim Delano is comforted by his mother, Debbie Delano, after telling the story of how he lost his hand to an alligator attack at a press conference at Lee Memorial Hospital on Friday, July 16, 2010 in Fort Myers. Delano was swimming with friends on July 11 at a popular swimming hole near Everglades Boulevard and I-75 when the alligator attack occurred. David Albers/Staff
  • Eighteen-year-old Tim Delano recounts the story of an alligator biting off his left hand during a press conference at Lee Memorial Hospital on Friday, July 16, 2010 in Fort Myers. Delano was swimming with friends on July 11 at a popular swimming hole near Everglades Boulevard and I-75 when the alligator attack occurred. David Albers/Staff
  • Eighteen-year-old Golden Gate Estates resident Tim Delano leaves a press conference at Lee Memorial Hospital after recounting the story of how he lost his left hand in an alligator attack on Friday, July 16, 2010 in Fort Myers. Delano was swimming with friends on July 11 at a popular swimming hole near Everglades Boulevard and I-75 when the alligator attack occurred. David Albers/Staff

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