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April 23rd, 2013
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Dad: I was pounding on gator to save six-year-old son

A truly amazing story of survival: It's what the father of six-year-old Joey Welch calls 'a triple miracle.'

Joey was attacked by an alligator on Friday when he was with his father in a Florida Wildlife Refuge. Joey fell into the water and quickly was in the jaws of a huntry alligator.

Dad Joe managed to free Joey with help from a good Samaritan who kicked the alligator in the stomach. By dad's count, Joe Welch says there are three miracles: That his son survived, that he still has his arm and that no bones were broken.

Joey and Joe Welch talk with Christine Romans on "Starting Point" this morning to talk about this survival miracle.


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