A 10-year-old boy from Colorado, Dillon Armijo, is recovering in the hospital after a terrifying shark attack during a family vacation in Cancún, Mexico.
The young boy was swimming in the ocean and playing in the waves when a shark bit his leg. Thanks to the prompt action of a lifeguard, his mother, and his older brother, Dillon was quickly rescued from the water.
Following the incident, Dillon spent four days in a Mexican hospital before being airlifted back to Children’s Hospital Colorado in Aurora. He has already undergone several surgeries, and medical professionals expect a full recovery for the brave youngster.
Abby, Dillon’s mother, expressed gratitude for their ability to return to the United States for further treatment, crediting the exceptional care from doctors at Children’s Hospital Colorado for her son’s positive prognosis.
As Dillon prepares for discharge from the hospital, he faces a lengthy physical therapy regimen to relearn how to walk. His mother remains optimistic, noting that Dillon has made remarkable progress given the circumstances.
To help with the unforeseen medical expenses, the Armijo family has started a GoFundMe campaign. As of the last update, the fundraiser has garnered over $17,800, nearing its $20,000 goal. Abby expressed heartfelt appreciation for the community’s outpouring of support during this challenging time.
Mexico’s beautiful coastlines are not unfamiliar with shark encounters. Earlier this year, a diver tragically lost his life to a great white shark off the coast of Sonora, on Mexico’s west coast. According to experts, the diver may have been mistaken for a seal since he was wearing a wetsuit.