A DANCER has revealed how she survived a horrific freak boating accident, but her hand got tangled in rope and was torn off.
Kristie Sita, 21, was relaxing with friends on a lake in Canada, when a rope attached to an inflatable wrapped around her wrist and severed her hand when she was suddenly jerked backwards.
SWNS:South West News Service Her professional dancing credits include roles in Disney’s Descendants and the web series Sacred Lies
The fitness fan briefly fell unconscious and came round in the water surrounded by blood.
When Sita raised her left arm to signal for help, she was horrified to see that her hand was missing.
The Vancouver woman was airlifted to hospital where her wound was sealed by wrapping the remains of her palm around the stump.
The severed hand was later found in the lake, still entangled in the rope.
But amazingly, Sita says “being an amputee has brought love into my life”.
She also describes the accident as changing her life for the better, as she has gone on to land top dancing roles and amassed 100,000 social media followers.
On Instagram, for example, where she regularly posts fitness videos showing her lifting weights with the aid of a prosthetic hand, people have praised her for motivating them.
One commented: “You’re totally smashing it, you’re an inspirational woman”.
Recalling her horrendous ordeal on the water, she said: “I kept thinking it was a nightmare. It couldn’t be real. In five seconds my life had changed forever.”
Five days after graduating from high school in June 2014, Sita celebrated by going tubing – where thrill-seekers skid across the water on an inflatable – with friends in Ruby Lake in British Columbia, Canada.
I looked at every surgeon and I asked: ‘Am I going to die?’ They said I wasn’t.Kristie Sita
Hours earlier, she had been posing for a gym selfie, to show off her biceps, toned from her rigid seven-days-a-week fitness regime to keep in top shape for dancing.
It would be the last photograph of her left hand.
Sita recalled the doughnut-shaped tube falling from the boat.
She reached out to grab the rope, and “the next thing I remember, I was in the water surrounded by blood. I went into survival mode. I was treading water. My friends pulled me back into the boat.”
After being flown by rescue helicopter to a children’s hospital in Vancouver, she was rushed into surgery.
She recalled: “I looked at every surgeon and I asked: ‘Am I going to die?’ They said I wasn’t.
“I then asked: ‘Am I going to dance?’ “They said: ‘Yes’.”
Although her torn-off hand had been recovered from the lake, surgeons decided against reattaching it.
DANCING FOR DISNEY
Sita explained: “They were worried it would be paralysed or there could have been complications and I would have to get it re-amputated.
“Knowing that I was a dancer and an athlete, doctors decided to leave me as an amputee as they knew they could save so much more of my arm doing that.
“My arm was sewn together by wrapping my palm around the wound. My ligaments and muscles were torn around my shoulder.
“They moved some of my muscles down so that my arm could be fully weight-bearing.”
Incredibly, just two-and-a-half months after her four-hour operation, Sita was training in the gym again, albeit with a “massive bandage” on the end of her arm, and she even “started dancing in my basement”.
To further her recovery, Sita saw counsellors and underwent intense physical pain therapy, and took medication for the pain.
Today, she shares fitness tips on Instagram and YouTube with her almost 100,000 combined followers.
Her professional dancing credits include roles in Disney’s Descendants and the web series Sacred Lies.
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Astonishingly, Sita insists that if she had the choice, she would still reach for the rope that day on the lake.
She said: “Being an amputee has brought so much love and purpose into my life. It’s made me notice the people who stuck with me through the hard moments.
“It’s changed my dancing style [but] when you love something so much and it’s almost taken away from you, it triggers a new passion that makes you work and fight hard.
“When you go through something like that, you know you don’t have endless time.
“When I look at my arm, missing a hand, I see strength and courage.
“Just because I don’t have a hand doesn’t mean I’m unable to do anything I want to do.”
SWNS:South West News Service Canadian Kristie Sita the morning of her freak boating accident June 25, 2014
SWNS:South West News Service Her hand was severed while she was boating with friends, five days after graduation
SWNS:South West News Service Kristie Sita in the rescue helicopter after her freak boating accident
Today Kristie shares fitness tips on Instagram and YouTube with her almost 100,000 combined followers
SWNS:South West News Service She said: ‘When I look at my arm, missing a hand, I see strength and courage’
SWNS:South West News Service Even as she was about to undergo surgery, Kristie knew that she was going to be alright
SWNS:South West News Service She said the accident was ‘my family’s worst nightmare’
SWNS:South West News Service However, she said: ‘If I had the chance again, I’d still reach back for the rope’
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