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A football coach has lost a leg in a freak boating accident.
David Durrant, 37, is originally from the UK but moved to the United States when he received a football scholarship eight years ago.
The dad-of-three was on a boating trip with a friend on may 23 near Las Vegas, where he now lives, when tragedy struck, Nottinghamshire Live reports.
His mum Alice Robotham said she was devastated when she heard the news.
The boat had hit the dock as it came into the harbour and David fell into the water backwards, right into the path of the propellor.
Alice, 64, said: "A friend sent me a text saying that David's leg had been amputated and he was in a coma after an accident.
"I was beside myself. I rang the hospital and they said his stomach has been sliced open by the propellor on the boat and they weren't able to save his leg.
"He is a young man cut down in the prime of his life. Everything was going so well for him, he has had so much success out there."
David, from Long Eaten, Derbyshire, has so far had five operations but will need further treatment on his long road to recovery.
The family thanked Mason Rodriguez, a "guardian angel", who jumped into the water and pulled David out.
He then "held David's stomach together" while they waited for the air ambulance.
Alice is now caring for her eight-year-old granddaughter as well as working part-time for Nottingham City Council.
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She said: “It’s a miracle really. He’s not out of the woods yet but I am so happy that he’s alive.
"His life has been changed in an unbelievable way but it doesn't mean to say his career is over.
“He feels he has to rise for that challenge. It is an indescribable feeling, it is very surreal.”
The family are now trying to raise £5000 for Alice and her granddaughter to visit David in America, for his medical bills and rehabilitation costs. David did not have medical insurance.
A GoFundMe page has been set up by Kim Gordon, David's cousin, who wrote: "The purpose of this plea is for your support in helping us ensure David is able to get the very best care and the opportunity to recover and live as close to the life he had before this dreadful accident changed his life forever."
You can find the family's page here.
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