The woman was in critical condition on Friday night, authorities said.
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The 49-year-old woman was airlifted to a hospital after she was bitten at a campground in Broward County, Florida.
Authorities told reporters that she was standing on a dock when she went to pick up a can that had rolled into the water Friday evening.
When she reached into the water, the alligator bit her, nearly amputating her hand, the Sun-Sentinel reported.
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People with the woman kept her from being pulled into the water and called 911, which officials said likely saved her life, according to WSVN.
The woman was taken to a hospital, where doctors were working to treat the tears and punctures on her hand.
The alligator was between four and five feet long, officials told WSVN, and a state-authorized trapper responded to take it in.