Kristie O’Brien was left just inches from disaster after a deadly stingray impaled her while she was swimming in a Florida bay, with surgeons having to remove the stinger which nearly hit her lung
A woman whose close encounter with a deadly stingray saw her impaled is lucky to be alive after the animal missed her lung.
Kristie O’Brien had been wading in knee deep water in Tampa, Florida, United States, when she was stabbed in the back by a Southern stingray.
Her relaxing trip to the beach took a turn when the venomous animal impaled her, with its stinger heading four inches deep inside Kristie, narrowly missing her lung by centimetres.
Ms O’Brien was “certain she was going to die”, with the animal group responsible for the death of infamous Crocodile Hunter, Steve Irwin, back in 2006.