BLANTYRE-(MaraviPost)—In a rare display of bravery, a Malawian teenager in Kasungu rescued his friend from the jaws of crocodile on Tuesday.
The two boys from Jembe Village, were washing hands in Dwangwa river when a crocodile snatched one of them by its jaws.
Then Benala Katantha, the hero boy, sprung into action holding tight to his friend pulling against the crocodile until the beast gave up.
“The boy kept shouting scaring the reptile until it withdrew,” said Joyce Mbewe, mother to the survivor, Tasiyana Benard.
Tasiyana is being treated for multiple bite wounds and a fractured right leg at Kasungu District Hospital.
Cases of crocodile attacks are increasing and in many cases people lose life while other survivors go for amputation.
According to Malawi Medical Journal Vol. 21 (1) 2009, the severe soft tissue injury associated with a crocodile bite and the unusual normal oral flora of the crocodile create challenges in treatment.
“Progressive tissue destruction and haemolysis are complications of such infected wounds. An antibiotic regime is recommended that covers gram negative rods, anaerobes and may include doxycycline, as well as the need to have a low threshold for early amputation,” reads the Journal’s report.