Melissa, right, and twin sister Georgia Laurie, 28, were swimming in a lagoon when the croc struck

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The British woman attacked by a crocodile while swimming in a Mexican lagoon is out of her coma and breathing independently, her heroic twin has said.

Melissa Laurie, 28, developed sepsis from her wounds following the attack on Sunday near Puerto Escondido.

Medics had placed her in a medically-induced coma to aid her recovery.

The zookeeper was dragged from the predator's jaws by her twin, Georgia, who heroically fought the reptile until it released her sister.

The sibling also sustained injuries in the attack but was released from hospital on Wednesday.

She has provided an update on Melissa, saying she is now awake.

"She's doing really much better. She's doing really good," Georgia said.

Melissa Laurie, 28, had been in a medically induced coma

"She's been breathing on her own very well.

"She can't talk because of the soreness of the tube, but she can hear."

The twins, from Berkshire, had been in Mexico to volunteer, working in animal sanctuaries and travel.

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The pair had booked a tour of the Manialtepec Lagoon, ten miles from surfing resort Puerto.

Escondido but unbeknown to them, the guide they used was unlicensed.

He has since vanished from the area.

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Melissa was swimming in a lagoon with twin sister Georgia when she was dragged under the water

While they were swimming, Melissa disappeared under the water seeing Georgia carry out a frantic search.

She located her sister as the crocodile attacked.
"Georgia found her unresponsive and started to drag her back to the safety of a boat," said the twins' 33-year-old sister, Hana.

"She dragged her back as the crocodile kept coming back for more – so she just started hitting it.

"She'd heard that with some animals, that's what you've got to do."

She was rescued from the crocodile's jaws on the dream holiday by her sister
(Image: gofundme)

Hana told how Melissa was thrown about like a "rag doll" by the crocodile.

"Luckily, her super-badass twin sister was there to punch it repeatedly – as it came back about three times – to try and save her."

Since the attack, the family set up a crowdfunding page with a goal of reaching £35,000 to help pay for medical bills and fly the twins' parents to Mexico.

Yesterday, the fund had reached more than £44,000, allowing the girls' father, Sean, 63, to fly out to Mexico in the next few days.

Georgia and Melissa had been travelling around the world together since March, and they were due to arrive home in November.