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15-year-old girl’s leg severed by boat propeller after falling while wakeboarding

By Mason White 1:20 PM December 16, 2014
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By: Mahesh Sarin
A fun trip ended in disaster when a 15-year-old girl was struck by a boat propeller.

The teenager of Australia, has lost her left leg in a skiing accident in the Murray River.

The 15-year-old girl was on the wakeboard behind a power boat when she was struck by the propeller about 8:30 p.m. at Bundalong in Victoria on Friday.

The accident happened after the boat became wedged in a sandbank and it turned around, causing its propeller to strike the girl’s left leg, which was cut above the knee.

Luckily, some nurses were on a passing boat and gave her first aid until paramedics arrived. The nurses were off-duty and were celebrating a friend’s birthday when they saw what happened and rushed to help the girl.

The nurses were able to place the severed leg on ice and stopped the bleeding. They then rushed the girl to the coast.

An ambulance arrived 20 minutes later. The girl was airlifted to Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, where she is in critical but stable condition.

She underwent a 16-hour operation by a team of 9 surgeons, and she is in the intensive care unit.

Doctors informed the family that they will have to wait 72 hours, to see if the surgery to reattach the leg was successful.

Police are investigating the incident. The boat was seized and will undergo a mechanical inspection. The 45-year-old driver has been interviewed by police.