â€œWe were having the best night ever celebrating our win, and somehow, a freak accident happened,â€ GilchristÂ told The Associated PressÂ in a phone interview.
Along with Hauschild, Gilchrist said she was withÂ Johnny Hooper from the U.S. men’s team when the accident happened.
â€œIt was all pretty quick, I think,â€ Gilchrist said. â€œBut I remember falling and I talked to Johnny and we kind of thought the same thing: Itâ€™s like, we felt like (we were) falling for 10 seconds, which it probably ended up being one or two seconds. But everything kind of slowed down.â€
She said sheÂ was helped up before she made her way out of the nightclub with Hauschild, but when she got outside she realized how serious her injuries were.
Gilchrist hadÂ deep lacerations on her left leg, along with other cuts. She laid down on the sidewalk, whereÂ players on the U.S. men and Australian water polo teams, and Christopher Bates, a trainer for the U.S. menâ€™s team, helped her stop her bleeding.
â€œChris was kind of just the biggest blessing,â€ Gilchrist said. â€œHe came, heâ€™s a trainer, he put his belt around my leg as a tourniquet and he came in the ambulance with me.â€
Gilchrist underwent surgery Saturday and remained hospitalised on Monday in South Korea. She said she’s lucky and grateful to not have any broken bones or nerve damage and is hopeful she can return to the United States on Tuesday.