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British student, 19, left paralyzed after being charged by bison in US state park during gap year

A British student embarking on a gap year trip in the US says she is lucky to be alive after a bison pounced on her, gored her thigh and threw her into the air.

Amelia ‘Mia’ Dean, 19, is now partially paralyzed after the 2000lb animal tore the femoral artery in her left thigh during the shocking attack in South Dakota.

As Miss Dean, from Brockham, Surrey, lay bleeding and injured in the 71,000-acre Cluster State Park, the wild animal – one of 1,500 in the reserve – stood right next to her head before her friend bravely put it away.

Although Miss Dean and her friend had seen the animal 100 feet away, she was ‘shocked into silence’ when it charged at her, This is reported by The Telegraph.

The keen dancer is now paralyzed from the knee down and says she has ‘no movement’ in her foot.

19-year-old Amelia ‘Mia’ Dean from Brockham, Surrey, has been paralyzed after a 2,000lb bison tore the femoral artery in her left thigh during a shocking attack in South Dakota

Miss Dean was just on the second day of her trip to the United States when the attack happened and she had been accepted on a course at Edinburgh University

Miss Dean was just on the second day of her trip to the United States when the attack happened and she had been accepted on a course at Edinburgh University

Speaking from her hospital bed, she told KOTA TV: ‘I remember feeling the pressure on my hip, my hip being pushed back and I remember the feeling of flying in the air and head over heels.

‘It’s a miracle that I even lived until the ambulance arrived, let alone kept my life and my leg.

‘I can’t walk without a walker or crutches. I can’t walk far. About 20 meters and I’m done, still a long way to go.’

On the day of the attack, Miss Dean had been walking on a trail through the park with her boyfriend and his dog when they came up a hill and came across the lone male bison grazing.

After some discussion they decided to walk around the bison and intended not to disturb him before heading back to the trail. At this point the animal stopped grazing and started charging towards Miss Dean.

Her parents Michael and Jacqueline said: ‘Mia was shocked into silence [and] the bison stopped directly in front of her.

‘The two looked at each other for a few seconds before the bison leapt forward, hit her in the left thigh with his horn and threw her head over heels about ten to 15 feet in the air.

‘When she hit the ground, Mia was stuck, unable to move her bleeding leg, with the bison hooting directly over her, his feet at her head for a while.’

Miss Dean and her friend encountered a solitary 2,000 Ib bison while walking a trail in Cluster State Park in South Dakota

Miss Dean and her friend encountered a solitary 2,000 Ib bison while walking a trail in Cluster State Park in South Dakota

Since the attack seven weeks ago, Miss Dean has been left paralyzed with nerve damage below the left knee. She is being treated in Rapid City, South Dakota, where her parents Matthew and Jacqueline flew to be with her.

Mr and Mrs Dean are raising £140,000 to transfer their daughter to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, for specialist treatment.

Miss Dean was just on the second day of her trip to the United States when the attack happened and she had been accepted on a course at Edinburgh University.

Her parents added: ‘Mia is English and although her travel insurance has paid for the femoral artery bypass so far, she refused to even pay for the initial specialist examination of her nerve injury.

‘Mayo clinic, a world-class hospital in the peripheral nerve field – a very niche field – has accepted Mia as a referral from Rapid City Hospital.’

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British student, 19, left paralyzed after being charged by bison in US state park during gap year

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