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“Bit My Leg”: Vicious Shark Attack While Swimming Turns 10-Year-Old’s Vacation Into a Nightmare

Published 03/31/2023, 2:05 PM EDT

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A vacation in Mexico sounds great, right? A warm and toasty sun that casts a golden hue on the sea, swimming in waters that feel like a mother’s hug, and beaches with a scenic view. What could go wrong? Turns out, a lot could go wrong as Mexican waters are not free from danger anymore.

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Even Mexico is now prone to the menace of shark attacks. A 10-year-old boy’s vacation was marred by a painful incident, as a shark suddenly bit his leg when he was frolicking in the water with his family. The vicious attack did not only ruin the vacation, but the boy had to be rushed to the hospital.

Vicious shark attack turns vacation into purgatory


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Earlier this month, Dillon Armijo, 10, was bitten by a shark when he was vacationing in Mexico with his family. Dillon Armijo told Denver7 that the incident took place at a beach in Cancún on March 17. According to the report by Denver7, Armijo was aided and rescued from the water by a lifeguard, his mother, and his older brother.

Armijo recalled the terrifying incident by saying, “We went to the beach and wanted to swim or jump in waves and then like, five minutes after that, like a shark just came into like, a wave and just bit my leg.” After the shark attack, the 10-year-old was airlifted and taken to the Children’s Hospital Colorado in Aurora. He spent four days there and had to undergo several surgeries to cure the bite.


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However, Armijo is expected to make full recovery. His mother, Abby, told Denver7, “We were very, very lucky that we were able to get a medevac back to the United States and get him here to do the last three surgeries. I think that was what has given him such a great outcome is being back here at home with some fantastic doctors.”


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Not the first, and probably not the last

The good news is that Armijo is out of danger, The bad news is that his ordeal is not completely over yet. Dillon Armijo will be discharged from the hospital soon, but he will have to undergo lengthy physical therapy before he can walk again. His mother, expressing her pride, said, “[Dillon has] done fantastic, considering all that he’s been through.” A GoFundMe campaign was started by the family to help meet the astronomical medical bills, and as of Thursday morning, it had raised over $17,800 of its $20,000 goal.


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The community has rallied around the Armijo family, and it looks like the worst is over for them. Nonetheless, anyone planning to visit the sultry seas of Mexico must keep in mind that there could be sharks lurking underneath the surface of the water. Armijo’s is not the only incident that has come to light in this regard. In January this year, a 19-foot-long Great White shark decapacitated a diver in Benito Juárez in Sonora.

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Written by:

Apoorva Behl


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Apoorva Behl is a US Sports author for EssentiallySports. She has a Master's degree in Law from the Indian Law Institute, New Delhi. Besides being a lawyer, she has a passion for reading and a penchant for writing.
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