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Woman injured in “Playpen” accident recalls moment boat propeller severed her toes; “I thought, ‘this is how I die,'”

CHICAGO (CBS) — She remembers every thing, and for the primary time a girl is talking in regards to the tragic moment in Lake Mighigan’s in style Playpen space, when a boat propeller severed her toes.

“I felt something, and I just let my body go, and I thought my legs, my intestines, and my body’s next. So I thought, ‘this is how I die,’ and I had given up,” Lana Batochir mentioned.

Batochir is sharing these painful reminiscences whereas she recovers from surgical procedure to amputate her legs, 10 inches beneath her knees.

“I am going to accept that my life is changed forever, but … I’m just lucky to be sitting here,” she instructed CBS 2’s Steven graves.

Batochir mentioned she is on medicine, coping with excruciating ache, however to have the possibility to hug her two kids once more helps her take care of it.

“I still haven’t seen my kids,” she mentioned.

What began out as a enjoyable time on a boat in the playpen on Saturday shortly changed into chaos and panic.

“I just thought I was going to die,” she mentioned. “I have to accept that I have no legs anymore.”

Batochir was on a raft connected to the boat with her husband and different mates, when the again of one other boat was getting nearer.

“My back was turned, and we were pulling our raft closer to the boat through the rope we had attached,” she mentioned.

But, as investigators say the opposite boat’s anchor malfunctioned, its captain turned on the engine. The propeller sucked Batochir into the water, severing her toes.

Her buddy’s hand was additionally reduce.

“I remember everything,” Batochir mentioned. “We were getting sucked into the propeller and feet first.”

But Batochir says her husband was there to tug her head above water.

“He’s the one who saved my life.”

Batochir is now recovering from three amputation surgical procedures. She has no medical insurance, however is grateful for the monetary and emotional help from the general public. A GoFundMe page has raised more than $123,000 for her medical bills as of Thursday night.

“It’s touching, and I feel lucky. I do feel lucky,” she mentioned.

Her life modified in an instantaneous.

Batochir has retained a lawyer, however she is not prepared to speak about potential authorized motion. She should be taught to stroll once more with prosthetics.

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