California teen Kiana Hummel’s last vacation before college turned into an utter nightmare when the massive crocodile emerged from the Gulf.
Firstly, Kiana is going to be alright after another surgery. Her fellow Outsiders wish her all the best during recovery. Which needs to be said – because her story is an absolute nightmare – one that puts most horror films to shame.
18-year-old Kiana Hummel – a recent graduate of Novato High School in Novato, CA – says her vacation to Mexico’s Marriott Resort in Puerto Vallarta began swimmingly. It was to be her last summer getaway with friends before going off to college. Then, the unimaginable happened.
Right before midnight, a 12-foot crocodile struck from the ocean behind her resort. Hummel tells ABC7 she and her friend “weren’t even in the water” when the enormous reptile “grabbed her right leg and pulled her into the water.”
Now, she’s speaking out after backlash from both her resort and the local hospital she’s staying in – which demanded “$11,000 US Dollars before treatment” for her shredded legs.
“All of a sudden it came up, and I felt heaviness on my leg,” Hummel tells ABC7 from her hospital bed Sunday. “And then I look down… And I’m being pulled…”
Here is our full report on the woman who survived a crocodile attack at the Marriott Puerto Vallarta.— Liz Kreutz (@ABCLiz) July 27, 2021
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California Teen’s Crocodile Attack is One of the Most Vivid, Horrifying on Record
Hummel did her best to remain calm – even as she was being dragged into the black ocean. She hit the crocodile repeatedly, and it finally let go of her right leg. Then it struck again – clamping down onto her left ankle and dragging her back under.
“I just remember saying, please don’t leave me,” Hummel recalls saying to Sarah Laney of St. Louis, a bystander who came to her aid. “And I didn’t think I was getting out that second time. That was just really bad.”
Together, the group was finally able to pull the 18-year-old free from the monstrous predator. Unbelievably, Hummel’s legs both remain intact – but only after extensive muscle and tissue repair. She is currently unable to walk.
Her mother, Ariana Martinez, received a Facetime call from Hummel immediately after.
“I’m on the phone with her, she’s yelling, ‘get me an ambulance, get me an ambulance to the hospital,'” Martinez recalls in tears. “It took them forever.”
Bystander Laney remained with Hummel after the crocodile attack, and says it “took 45 minutes for an ambulance to arrive.”
And once it did, mom Martinez says the local hospital demanded money before saving her daughter’s legs – and life. “First they wanted $11,000 US Dollars,” she scoffs.
Marriott spokesperson Kerstin Sachl confirms the crocodile attack to ABC7. Her response? “The safety and security of our guests and associates are our top priority, and we can confirm that appropriate signage, as well as night patrolling and red flags were and are properly in place.”
Hummel remains at Marin General, where she awaits a second surgery. Doctors expect a full recovery after the summer. You can find a GoFundMe campaign here to help with expenses.