A mother has revealed how she lost both her feet when two boats crashed on Lake Michigan.
Lana Batochir, 34, from Chicago, said the incident last Saturday changed her life forever.
She said: ‘My husband and I went on our friend’s boat and we took it out to Chicago Playpen. Attached to our boat was an eight person floating raft, we were all hanging out on it until tragedy struck.
‘A Reckless boat driver reversed into our inflatable raft at full throttle destroying everything in its way.’
She said that everything happened very quickly and within seconds everyone on their raft was under the boat.
She said: ‘The boat’s propeller struck me, leaving me with unimaginable pain. I thought I was dying.
‘I fought for my life for seconds which felt like minutes. I began to drown, I couldn’t swim.’
Batochir said that once her head was above water, she saw her husband frantically searching for her.
She said: ‘We connected eyes, but I couldn’t stay up, I truly began to drown. I felt myself drifting down like an object, I knew I would die.
Batochir credits her husband for rescuing her from water and saving her life.
‘As I was getting pulled onto the boat I glanced at my legs and realized that both my legs were gone,’ she wrote.
She was rushed to Northwestern Memorial Hospital. On Monday, she said she was scheduled to be amputated below the knees on both legs, and had to have targeted muscle reinnervation surgery.
‘Even though it feels like the worst thing that happened to me, I still feel very lucky to be alive,’ she wrote. ‘Im grateful I will be able to hug and kiss my kids, my husband, my family, and my friends. I will get through this and come out stronger with my new lifestyle.’
She has started a which had raised more than $120,000 as of Thursday evening.
A second victim’s hand was ‘severely severed’ in the crash.
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