Survivor of Boating Accident is Thankful to Be Alive

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LINCOLN, Neb. -- It was a normal, sunny day when Kent Seevers decided to go boating with friends at Branched Oak Lake. It was Seevers' first time wakeboarding and he was excited to enjoy the Memorial Day weekend.

Unfortunately, that excitement didn't last long. Seevers was sitting on the front of the boat that Monday afternoon, as his friends took turns wakeboarding.

When one of them fell off of the board, the driver of the boat turned around to go back and pick him up. Seevers slipped off of the front of the boat, hitting the propeller that sliced him, causing deep lacerations to his chest and arms.

Seevers says at first it felt like a "jolt" and he didn't fully realize what had even happened, until he lifted up his arm and saw the blood.
That was when Seevers started to panic.

"I saw another boat nearby and I started yelling, 'help me I'm dying'" said Seevers.

Luckily two nurses who work at St. Elizabeth's were nearby on another boat and heard his cries. They both quickly dove into the water and pulled Seevers back onto the boat. They put three tourniquets on his right arm to stop the bleeding and they asked him question after question, just trying to keep him awake and conscious.

Seevers was conscious and he explains that these nurses made him feel like he may survive.

But he admits, "I thought that I may not have much more to live."

Within a few minutes, Seevers made it to the shore and EMS crews were standing by, ready to take him directly into surgery. He had lost half of the blood in his body already.

As Seevers talks about what that was like, he laughs, explaining at that moment, he felt optimistic. His biggest concern being that the doctor was about to tear apart his "favorite swimsuit" during the surgery.

The procedures lasted for six hours and his father says that the waiting room at the hospital quickly filled up as dozens of friends waited for him to wake up.

And he did wake up. It's a miracle that Seevers survived and he recognizes that the nurses who rescued him truly saved his life.

"I know that they have the utmost respect to human life and they've dedicated their lives to saving other peoples lives, that's huge. I'm very thankful," said Seevers.

His doctors expect he'll make a full recovery. For now, Seevers has two arms in casts, as many of his nerves in his arms have been shredded. He also has to wear a special machine that repairs the skin on his chest.

But even after his traumatic experience, he explains that there is "no one to blame" in what he says was a freak accident.

And now Seevers uses the strength he's been given from friends and family to pass along the kindness and love of those who helped save his life.

"Every day is an opportunity to be kind to someone, to tell someone you love them...or if you have special skills to save someone's life."

Seevers' friends have set up a donation fund and if you'd like to donate, you can click on the attached link.