A Chicago mother’s feet were severed by a propeller after the boat sucked her raft underwater

A Chicago woman said she thought she was going to “die” on Lake Michigan last weekend when the raft she was on was sucked under a passing ship and its propeller severed both of her feet.

Lana Batochir, 34, a married mother of two, was spending Saturday with her friends on the water in the so-called “playpen” area of ​​the lake when the disaster struck.

Batochir and her companions were swimming on a raft when a rented boat anchored nearby malfunctioned and began to drift, according to the state Department of Natural Resources.

The captain of this boat reversed the boat which resulted in it sucking in the swimmer with Batochir and her buddies. The woman’s husband was on another boat, towing the raft, CBS News reported.

“Everything went so fast. We were all under his boat within seconds,” Batochir wrote in the description of a GoFundMe campaign she launched this week.

Batochir said she felt “unimaginable pain” when the boat’s propeller hit her.

“I thought I was dying,” she said. “I fought for my life for seconds that felt like minutes. I started drowning, I couldn’t swim.”

Batochir and her friends spent time in the "playpen" area on Lake Michigan in Chicago on Saturday when they collided with another boat.
Batochir and her friends were spending time in the “Playpen” area on Lake Michigan in Chicago on Saturday when they collided with another boat.
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A propeller severed both of the woman's feet and she almost drowned, but was rescued by her husband.
A propeller severed both of the woman’s feet and she almost drowned, but was rescued by her husband.
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Batochir said she managed to get her head above water and from afar she saw her husband’s panicked eyes searching for her.

“I would never forget his pained face,” the woman wrote. “We were blindfolded but I couldn’t stay up, I was really starting to drown. I felt myself floating down like an object, I knew I was going to die.”

Batochir said her husband saved her life when he rushed to her side and pulled her out of the water.

“As I was being pulled onto the boat, I looked down at my legs and realized that both legs were gone,” she recalled.

Batorchir is pictured with her husband and their two children before the accident.
Batorchir is pictured with her husband and their two children before the accident.
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Chicago Police Department naval officers who responded to the scene rescued Batochir’s 28-year-old girlfriend, who had had part of her hands severed by the propeller.

Batochir wrote that she is scheduled for a lower leg amputation and nerve surgery, followed by a lengthy rehabilitation period in which to learn to walk on prosthetic legs.

“Anyone who knows me knows that I love to dance, love music and enjoy life myself with family,” wrote the mother-of-two. “My life has been completely changed by an unfortunate tragedy.”

But she added a more upbeat note: “Even though it feels like the worst thing that has happened to me, I still feel very fortunate to be alive.”

Batochir, left, said she would have to undergo a lower leg amputation.
Batochir, left, said she would have to undergo a lower leg amputation.
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Batochir said she loves to dance.  In the future, she must learn to walk on prosthetic legs.
Batochir said she loves to dance. In the future, she must learn to walk on prosthetic legs.
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Batochir shared that she’s “one of the many people who doesn’t have health insurance in this country,” so she’s asking for $250,000 to help cover her medical bills at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. More than $74,000 had been raised as of Wednesday afternoon.

The incident has been ruled an accident, but the State Department of Natural Resources Conservation Police will investigate further and determine whether the captain of the boat that struck the raft needs to be charged.

https://nypost.com/2022/08/17/womans-feet-severed-after-boat-sucks-her-raft-under-water/ A Chicago mother’s feet were severed by a propeller after the boat sucked her raft underwater

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