This woman survived an underwater car accident

Anna Radakovich, 38, was driving her car when the hood of her Honda drifted to the left and hit a guardrail on February 23, according to her attorney, Ed Schafhauser. Her husband, Robert Radakovich,…

This woman survived an underwater car accident

Anna Radakovich, 38, was driving her car when the hood of her Honda drifted to the left and hit a guardrail on February 23, according to her attorney, Ed Schafhauser. Her husband, Robert Radakovich, got into the car and tried to stop her, but she accelerated, hit a light pole and the car flipped over, and both of them landed in the water. Mr. Radakovich held Anna upside down and then began fighting with the water, until he had to let go of her and she surfaced again.

Anna Radakovich was underwater for several minutes. “You could hear the guy screaming underwater, ‘She’s breathing!’ ” Mr. Schafhauser said. She regained consciousness after being in the water for six minutes and the next thing she knew, she was taken to a hospital, Mr. Schafhauser said.

“It was horrible,” said Nadine Worby, who witnessed the accident. “She hit the car and dived under.”

Mr. Radakovich’s wife was flown to Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, where she underwent surgery, had an embolization, and a breathing tube inserted in her nose to help her breathe. She suffered minor injuries.

“By god, I survived,” she said, according to a statement released by her family. “I’m feeling good, and I’m healing.”

After 11 weeks in the intensive care unit, Mr. Radakovich met with his wife for the first time when she was released from the hospital. They went to dinner with their son in their daughter’s car.

Anna Radakovich can no longer drive. She must wear a collar and helmet while inside a car. She will also undergo therapy to rebuild her body.

“She’s not bitter at all,” her husband said. “She was completely negative. But I knew that she was being guided by God and that she couldn’t give up. She is aware of her situation and appreciates everything that’s happened.”

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