She remembers the terrible pain she felt when the hippo’s jaws locked on to her legs, how she screamed as the animal’s teeth sliced through her flesh and her horror as it started dragging her towards the river.
Still in the hippo’s grip and soaked in blood, she was certain the end had come.
“I screamed, ‘God, help me, I don’t want to die like this!’ ” Natasha Vrany (39) recalls. “I just yelled, ‘Help! Help! Help!’ over and over again.”