Her lower legs had to be amputated and she suffered a spinal injury.
A relative of 22-year-old Stefanie Schaffer spoke to DailyMail.com Sunday night about the Saturday incident.
Stefanie's family members spoke to reporters, saying they were heartbroken by the tragedy, and can't imagine how the girl will feel when she wakes up to realize her legs are gone. She requires surgery on her two fractured legs. It's breaking my heart'. The tragedy occurred about 130 miles south of Exuma, an island south of Nassau, ABC 10 reports.
'She's in really critical care right now and in really serious shape, ' the relative said. "I'm a descendant of Wakanda I was here", she said, referring to the fictional African utopia in the movie Black Panther. Paul and Brooke suffered a few bruises and cuts, but Stephanie and Stacey sustained severe injuries. With her on the tour boat was her sister, Brooke, and their mother and stepfather, Stacey and Paul Bender. She is now in a medically induced coma and is not yet aware her life will never be the same. They are being treated at hospitals in Pinellas County.
Among the others injured in the blast was teen Haiden Jones, his brother Kyle Ackerman, his mother Sheila Jones, and her boyfriend John Inman, Haiden's father said on Facebook. Maleka Grimes Jackson, from Chattanooga, Tenn., was killed. Jones' two sons were on the boat but also survived the explosion, according to UK Daily Mail.
A GoFundMe page has been set up for the family's medical costs.
An American woman was killed and nine people injured early Saturday when a tour boat in the Bahamas exploded, officials said according to NBC News.