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Boy, 12, nearly loses leg after being attacked by CROCODILE at Cancun Club Med

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A 12-year-old boy has shared his horror when he was pounced on by a huge crocodile that sank its teeth into his leg while playing hide-and-seek at a Mexican resort town.

Charlie Buhl, of Philadelphia, was hiding with his friends on a wooden staircase leading to a lagoon at the Club Med Cancun resort on June 18 when he was attacked by the 10-foot-tall reptile.

Resort workers rushed to where they forcibly kicked the crocodile off the boy’s leg and brought him to safety. Charlie was warned by doctors that his leg wounds – which became infected – were so serious that he had to lose the limb.

But he recovered with surgery and now even plans to dress up as a giant crocodile for Halloween.

“I couldn’t do anything, it was so strong,” Buhl said in an interview with Good Morning America on Wednesday.

“It felt like it almost stung the inside of my leg,” he said. “Like someone digging their nails into your arm.”

“The workers helped to pull me out and they picked at the crocodile’s eyes and put a blue pillow on its head and then it let go and they wanted to put me on the ground,” Charlie said of the rescue.

Charlie Buhl, a 12-year-old boy from Philadelphia, has spoken out after he was attacked by a 4-foot-tall crocodile in Club Med Cancun in June.

Buhl was taken to a local hospital where he underwent four weeks of surgery, which included stapling an open skin flap

Buhl was taken to a local hospital where he underwent four weeks of surgery, which included stapling an open skin flap

The crocodile had pulled on Buhl's leg while hiding on a stairway leading to the lagoon (file photo)

The crocodile had pulled on Buhl’s leg while hiding on a stairway leading to the lagoon (file photo)

Buhl was taken to a local hospital where he underwent four weeks of medical procedures.

Despite initially being told he could lose his leg, he has been attached and has since recovered from the terrifying incident.

Buhl was staying at the resort at the time with his mother Jennifer, 50, and younger brother Johnny, seven, at the time.

His mother said her son’s screams had alerted someone near the crime scene, prompting a group of male workers to come to the boy’s aid.

After he was taken to hospital, his mother was told that his injuries were extremely serious and that it was very likely that he would lose his leg, which was contaminated with bacteria.

Jennifer Buhl said the resort has acted

Jennifer Buhl said the resort has acted “really honorably and responsibly” by covering her son’s medical bills and increasing security around the lagoon

However, the young boy managed to keep his leg after surgery that involved stapling an open flap of skin.

Club Med Cancun covered Buhl’s medical bills and has since increased the resort’s security to prevent further incidents.

“I think Club Med has acted very honorably and really responsibly,” Jennifer Buhl also said in the interview.

“They immediately cordoned off the area, placed a security guard there 24/7, put up signs and lights…”

Initially, the resort was said to have no locks or warning signs on the gate leading to the lagoon near where Charlie was attacked.

Club Med has since issued a statement to PEOPLE in response to the accident at their resort.

Club Med has since released a statement about the incident, detailing their new enforced security measures

Club Med has since released a statement about the incident, detailing their new enforced security measures

“The safety and security of our guests and staff is our highest priority,” said a spokesperson for the resort.

Club Med Cancún has enhanced the area around the lagoon by increasing the number of signs, lighting and taller fencing to further protect the safety of our guests and staff from the surrounding lagoon.

Existing warning signs at various locations in the resort have been expanded and enlarged to warn of the presence and potential danger of wildlife in the lagoon, including crocodiles.

Club Med met with government officials and environmental ministries to express concerns about the ongoing management of protected natural lagoons.

“Club Med regularly reviews all of its safety protocols and continues to assess whether additional measures need to be taken.”

Charlie returned to his home in Philadelphia in July and is now planning his Halloween costume, which is, of course, a 5-foot-long crocodile.

“For Halloween, me and two of my friends are building this giant crocodile that all three of us can fit in and it’s 5 meters long and they think it’s cool,” he said.

This is not the first crocodile attack to take place in Mexico this summer.

California, 18-year-old Kianna Hummel was attacked earlier in July at a Puerto Vallarta resort after a crocodile grabbed her by the leg during a nighttime swim in the ocean.

“I just started hitting it as hard as I could and then it just kept taking me under,” Hummel had said as she sat in her hospital bed.

Hummel had suffered severe muscle and tissue damage to her legs after the attack on the beach.

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