Freak accidents are always shocking, but no one expects an emergency to take place in a relaxing hot tub.
Nicola Floyd and her four-year-old daughter Isabella were taking it easy in a hot tub at a hotel in Bulgaria when the unthinkable happened. Unbeknownst to the mom, the hot tub’s filter lid, which covers a powerful vacuum, was missing. One second they were enjoying the bubbles, the next her daughter’s stomach was sucked into the mechanism, severely damaging her bowels.
While Isabella was in the hot tub, her bathing suit bottom became tangled in the filtration system. According to Floyd, her daughter was sucked downward while yelling, “My tummy, my tummy!”
Floyd immediately turned the hot tub off as the girl’s grandmother ran for help, but the filter continued to run. Floyd said, “She didn’t go underwater. I was holding her…I tried to pull her up and break the vacuum, but it was too strong. I tried to break the vacuum with my fingers.”
Isabella was only freed after a lifeguard turned off the power to the electronics. By that time, the machine had sliced her stomach open, leading to severe intestinal damage.
She was rushed to a nearby hospital and placed under the care of Dr. Rumen Hristov. After removing part of her bowels in two surgeries, doctors were forced to put her in a medically induced coma. As of this writing, she continues to fight for her life.
Floyd said, “She never cried — she was just in shock. She is my only child — it took me three years to get pregnant with her.” There is currently no word on whether Floyd will seek legal action against the hotel.