Football coach David Durrant lost his leg in a boating accident that left him in a coma

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A mother has spoken of the “nightmare” after a boating accident left her son in a coma and needing his leg amputated.

Alice Robotham was horrified to hear what had happened to her adult son, according to Nottinghamshire Live.

David Durrant, 37, a football coach who moved to the United States on a football scholarship eight years ago, was on a boating trip with friends near Las Vegas on May 23.

The boat hit a dock as it came into the harbour, and Mr Durrant fell into the water backwards into the boat’s propeller.

The accident put him into a coma and his leg had to be amputated.

Ms Robotham, 64, of Long Eaton, Derbyshire, said: “A friend sent me a text saying that David’s leg had been amputated and he was in a coma after an accident.

David Durrant with his mother Alice Robotham years before the accident that will change his life

“I was beside myself. I rang the hospital and they said his stomach had been sliced open by the propeller on the boat and they weren’t able to save his leg.

“They had to build his ribcage back together.”

She added: “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.”

Mr Durrant has had five operations and might need more surgery while in hospital.

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The family have 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 to arrive.

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.”

David Durrant moved to the US on a football scholarship eight years ago

Ms Robotham, who worked as an English Language teacher, looks after Mr Durrant’s daughter while working part-time for Nottingham City Council.

The family are trying to raise £5,000 for both of them to visit Mr Durrant in the US and pay for his medical bills and rehabilitation, as he did not have health insurance.

She said: “I last saw David in 2019 and he planned to visit this summer.

“My granddaughter's school has been very supportive of us going to visit. I have enrolled her in a school over there but we cannot be there for more than two months.”

Ms Robotham added: “It has been a nightmare, this will completely alter all of our lives.

“I am thoroughly grateful to the medical staff who are caring for him and I want to thank David’s friends in Long Eaton for the immense support."

Mr Durrant’s cousin Kim Gordon set up a Go Fund Me page which says: "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."