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Woman who lost limbs after donkey attack settles suit

Feeding donkeys is more hazardous than it might seem, according to a former Georgia resident's lawsuit. Anna Maria Giacomi sued a commercial farm in the state after she was attacked by the animal while feeding it two years ago and ended up losing an arm and a leg, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

"The donkey grabbed my wrist and started biting, chewing, crunching going up my arm," Giacomi tells Channel 2. She was hospitalized and ended up contracting the flesh-eating bacteria necrotizing fasciitis, which led to the double-amputation.

"I woke up with no arm and no leg. It was hideous," she says. Giacomi—who says she knew the donkey and had been feeding it for more than five years—underwent 11 surgeries in under two months.

She settled the lawsuit with the unnamed farm for an undisclosed amount. Her lawyer says she also plans to sue the hospital for medical malpractice, alleging doctors belatedly realized she had contracted the bacteria.

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Giacomi says before the attack, she was a "productive, independent woman taking care of myself and my animals," but she has since had to move to Florida to live with her son, People reports.

Her lawyer says he doesn't know what happened to the donkey, but it is no longer at the farm. (This woman is suing over a fall from a fake donkey.)

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