After being severely injured by a propeller boat while snorkelling in Mexico, a British yoga instructor said it was a miracle she is still alive.
Amor Armitage (37), was snorkeling and free-diving off Cozumel, Caribbean, on 17/12 with Chase and other people when she was struck.
She left the group and returned to the boat at some point. However, music was playing as she climbed up the ladder. The captain didn’t see her.
She stated, “Suddenly I realize the boat is moving. I can’t say anything.”
“Words didn’t come out as fear frozen me.
“Everything seems slow down when I feel the propeller of the boat hitting my abdomen, legs and genitals.
“My body feels heavy, and I can see the boat moving away.
“Out of my gut comes an intense scream asking for help.”
She described feeling “broken” in her leg, “mutilated” in her body and “pain that is beyond this world”, but she was able to get herself into the boat.
Chase, her husband and stuntman, appeared on the scene. She said that Chase’s words and love kept her alive during the long journey to the hospital.
She said, “He tried his best to keep us together and I really feel that without my angel Chase I wouldn’t be here today.”
Ms Armitage may have had a blood clot, just like her husband. She said that doctors later told her that she had a two-inch blood vessel blockage which prevented her from dying.
Since her arrival at the hospital, Ms. Armitage has undergone three major surgeries as well as a variety of blood transfusions. She will continue to be there for the foreseeable future.
Her injuries to her abdomen, legs and stomach were her main injuries. She described a part of her inner leg as “completely scrambled” while her quads and tendons were “sliced”.
“I am stable, but still considered high-risk.
“I feel pain every day, and my left leg doesn’t respond or move fully.
She said that her toes are more responsive and it makes her extremely happy.
Insurance did not cover the couple’s vacation. Family and friends have been trying to raise funds for Ms Armitage to return to the UK and her recovery.
She may be unable to work for six months. Her husband will need to also take time off to assist her recovery.
She stated that hospital bills are “huge… and the cost seem to be increasing by the day.”
Mr Armitage has decided to sell his 981 Spyder. A Just Giving page has been created, which has already raised over PS50,000.