A BRIT teen had to fight for life after she was gored by a barrel-sized bison that threw her 15 feet in the air.
Amelia Dean, 19, was traveling in South Dakota on a road trip across America when she stared the beast — and death — in the face.
Her parents Matthew and Jacqueline now have a GoFundMe hoping to raise money for the comprehensive treatment she needs in the US.
Amelia had embarked on the journey of a lifetime with her boyfriend when, on their second day, they decided to take a hiking trail in Custer State Park.
But as they walked along the scenic trail with her friend’s dog, they noticed a large male bison blocked their path.
Seemingly “unconcerned” by their presence, the pair decided to walk around the animal, keen not to disturb the grazing.
But as they approached the beast — which can weigh as much as 2,000 pounds — it stopped eating and the duo and the dog began to investigate.
The friends were only 100 yards from the bison when it suddenly charged toward a terrified Amelia, known to her family as Mia.
Her father Matthew explained: “Mia was shocked to silence, the bison stopped right in front of her.
“The two stared at each other for a few seconds before the bison darted forward and stuffed her into the left thigh with its horn.”
The horn had been horribly pierced right through her thigh and “came out the other side”.
The 19-year-old was then launched “head over heels” and flew 15 feet into the air after the wild animal crashed into her.
Amelia was then stuck in agonizing pain on the ground as the bison towered over her, her wound gushing blood.
The ordeal only came to an end when her brave friend managed to lead the beast away and called for help.
She had to fight for her life after the bison completely severed her femoral artery and catastrophically damaged her tibial and peroneal nerves.
Her parents continued: “We are extremely lucky that our daughter is still breathing, as she should have bled within 2-8 minutes of the artery being cut and the ambulance had only arrived for 20 minutes.
“It’s a miracle she’s alive today. We believe God has placed a veil of protection over Mia.”
It’s a miracle she’s alive today. We believe that God has placed a veil of protection over Mia.
Matthew and Jacqueline Dean
Doctors at Rapid City Hospital managed to save Amelia’s leg after performing a bypass on her femoral artery.
But the enthusiastic dancer is now paralyzed from the knee, has “no movement” in her foot and faces a series of grueling surgeries.
Her travel insurance covered the cost of her first procedure, but refused to allocate money for her future surgeries.
Matthew and Jacqueline now desperately try to raise money to continue her treatment with nerve specialists at the Mayo Clinic.
They warned that “time is running out” to save their daughter’s leg after the horror incident.
But the brave Amelia told travelers not to be “disheartened” by her experience.
She said: “Travel and explore and have fun.
“This is a freak accident, this won’t happen every time someone walks into a park. Hopefully.”