IamA boat propellor accident survivor AMA!
Hey Reddit, I am a survivor of a boat propellor accident! I have posted the pics from my accident before but I have recently been encouraged by friends to do an AMA to answer any questions people may have about the accident or the recovery process. It has been 5 years and I am still in the process of "recovering" physically from everything that ended up happening to my leg. Maybe I will be able to encourage someone who are currently going through something similar. At the time I was in between my junior and senior year of high school. I had been out on a pontoon boat for most of the day with 2 of the guys I played football with and I was standing on the front section of the boat when the driver of the boat threw the throttle to reverse and back to full as a prank to shake the boat and scare me (like a break check in the car). That jolt threw me off the front of the boat and before he was able move or swim down the boat ran me over. I didn't know what had happened at the time but realized my shorts were caught on something so I had to untangle them and take them off to get back above water. I felt cramping in my leg but didn't realize the full extent of what happened until i reached down to feel my leg as I was treading water. That was when I felt inside of my leg and realized truly what had happened. I swam (as well as I could) over to where the boat had stopped and my buddy pulled me up out of the water. I didn't realize the severity of the damage to my leg until I saw the faces of the two guys I was with. We rushed back to the dock to a place where we could get cell service to call 911. After the ambulance got to the scene they decided that a life-flight helicopter had to be sent to pick me up and take me to Duke Hospital. I spent just under a month in the hospital going through all kinds of surgeries and procedures. Emotionally this accident hit me very hard because it happened at the peak of my football "career". I had been playing for 11 years up until that point and had finally gotten myself to where college football was looking like a very real possibilty because I was All-state my junior year and had my senior year to really prove myself. It was very hard for me to lose everything I had spent years working for in the matter of seconds due to a stupid mistake that never should have happened. If you have any questions about the accident, time in the hospital, or recovery AMA!
Here is an album, it is very NSFW and GORE. http://imgur.com/a/PyXCT
TL:DR A dumb driver threw me off a boat and ran me over
I am working on the picture that shows what my leg currently looks like after several years of rehab and several surgeries, but it is proving difficult to take a picture of the back of my own leg that is in focus.
Edit: Thanks for all of the great answers everyone, I am going to hop off for a little bit but I will hop on later this evening and answer some more of the questions as well as posting a current picture of my leg.