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Man loses arm in alligator attack while trying to go to the bathroom

The man who remembered little about the attack remained positive after losing the limb: 'It's not the end of the world'

Impatient to wait in line for the bathroom at a busy bar, one Florida man's decision to relieve himself outdoors has ended with him losing a limb after a terrifying encounter with an alligator.

“Something happened where I either tripped or the ground below me just went down... I ended up in the water," Jordan Rivera told NBC News.

The incident occurred in the early hours of Sunday morning, with the 23-year-old not remembering the turn of events beyond his fall. However, a video taken by bystanders shows the moment he was dragged to safety after being attacked by the alligator.

Jordan Rivera can be seen sitting in water moments before the alligator attacked him and bit off his arm.
Jordan Rivera remembers falling into a body of water outside a busy bar in Florida before the alligator attacked him. Source: Reddit
Jordan Rivera can be seen lying on the group covered in blood after the alligator bit his arm off, as people around him offer assist.
Bystanders rushed to Jordan Rivera's aid moments after the alligator bit off his arm. Source: Reddit

As Mr Rivera drifts in and out of consciousness on the sandy bank, witnesses use an improvised tourniquet to stem the bleeding.

He later woke up in hospital completely disorientated, yet quickly adopted a rather calm outlook on his life-changing injury.

“I didn’t lose my life, I lost an arm, it’s not the end of the world,” he said.

“They [the alligator] got my elbow. So, I don’t have an elbow ... I can still move my arm around and whatnot.”

Jordan Riveria can be seen lying in a hospital bed with wires attached to him.
Mr Riveria has adopted an admirable outlook on the incident, thankful to have escaped with his life despite losing his arm. Source: NBC News

Authorities reportedly euthanise the alligator

Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission officers reportedly found and removed the alligator that attacked Mr Rivera from the water. It measured over three metres in length and was euthanised, according to the commission.

A spokesperson for Charlotte County Fire told NBC News that staff responded to an alligator attack around 1.40am [local time].

“The responding crew treated a male patient who had an above the elbow amputation of his upper right extremity. Bystanders applied a tourniquet to the patient before we arrived."

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