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Bunn back in the water and spearfishing in the Bahamas after her accident in 2015

Bunn back in the water and spearfishing in the Bahamas after her accident in 2015

Preslie Brown

Bunn back in the water and spearfishing in the Bahamas after her accident in 2015

Preslie Brown

Preslie Brown

Bunn back in the water and spearfishing in the Bahamas after her accident in 2015

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In the summer of 2015, a regular sandbar day for Mary Jane Bunn, known as M.J. to her friends, went terribly wrong. Bunn is a lover of the water and spends her free time at the beach and in the ocean. She learned how to drive a boat at just eight years old, and the sandbar is her favorite place to go on the weekends to throw the football with her friends and just to relax. In July of 2015, Bunn was involved in a serious boating accident.

“My boat day started off completely normal. I took my mom and friend Lauren, who was visiting from Gainesville, out to the Loxahatchee River to go skurfing,” Bunn said.

Things took a turn for the worse when Bunn accidentally dropped her sunglasses into the water. She immediately jumped off the boat to retrieve them. After grabbing her glasses, she swam back to the boat to drop them off when her friend Lauren Mussey accidentally bumped the motor into reverse. Bunn was behind the boat, and the propeller hit her leg.

“At first I didn’t think the propeller hit me. I thought that I had just hit the side of the boat but I did feel a sharp pain on my shin. My mom and friend didn’t think anything serious had happened either. I just remember them asking me if i was okay and pulling me up out of the water,” Bunn said.

When Bunn was lifted back onto the boat, there was blood pouring down her leg. The propeller gashed her shin and left a deep cut. She was rushed to Jupiter Medical Center and got 10 stitches in her leg.

Just a day later, Bunn was taken to Saint Mary’s Hospital in West Palm Beach because her cut was seriously infected.

“I could barely walk into the hospital because I was in so much pain. It hurt more than it did actually getting sliced by the prop,” Bunn said

Her leg was infected with a bacteria-caused virus Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus or MRSA. This infection can be deadly if not treated. Bunn spent five days in the hospital, including her fifteenth birthday.

“Anybody that is friends with me knows that I cannot sit still, so the days I stayed in the hospital were tough for me especially because it was the summer before my freshman year. It meant a lot to me how many people can to see me and brought me gifts,” Bunn said.

When Bunn was released from the hospital, she spent weeks in her house without being able to go in the water. This was struggle for her, as she watched her friends enjoy the rest of their summer on the water. As soon as she got her stitches out and was cleared by her doctor, she was ready to jump on the boat.

“My accident taught my friends and me how important it is to be aware of what is going on in and around the boat, and not to be distracted when driving. I was extremely lucky that I made it out with just a few stitches because it could have been so much worse. It was definitely a day that I will never forget and it taught me an important lesson,” Bunn said.