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The survivor of the White Island volcano shares details of her recovery and the most painful part of the ordeal


The survivor of the White Island volcano, Stephanie Browitt, shared harrowing details about her path to recovery.

Ms. Browitt, 23, suffered third degree burns on 70 percent of her body, while her sister and father were killed in the December 2019 outbreak off New Zealand's east coast.

On Sunday, the Victorian woman from Craigieburn in Melbourne described the painful process of undergoing skin grafts and learning to walk again.

"My legs needed several surgeries before they were completely covered, so I got up and walked (somehow) and then I needed another surgery and was reset. It was really annoying, ”she said.

White Island volcano survivor Stephanie Browitt (pictured) shared harrowing details about her long journey to recovery and the frustration of having to learn to walk again

The Victorian woman shared a picture after her recent skin graft describing the excruciating pain she had to endure during her recovery

The Victorian woman shared a picture after her recent skin graft describing the excruciating pain she had to endure during her recovery

After Ms. Browitt removed more skin from her thighs and behind her knee to heal other areas of her body, she said the pain was almost unbearable.

"Let me tell you, donor positions are the most painful things I've ever experienced," she wrote.

The young woman also remembered a moment when she felt deepest when a nurse said she would be going within two days.

"I am in such pain and angrily say" No ", she leaves" Yes, you will "and leaves," she wrote.

Ms. Browitt said the session started with her struggle to stand with the help of a walker and nurses.

After struggling a few steps, her frustration boiled over before the nurse returned for burns and saw her go.

Ms. Browitt also suffered third degree burns on 70 percent of her body during the eruption in December 2019 and had to have her fingers amputated in June (White Island volcano shown).

Ms. Browitt also suffered third degree burns on 70 percent of her body during the eruption in December 2019 and had to have her fingers amputated in June (White Island volcano shown).

Ms. Browitt's 21-year-old sister Krystal (pictured right) and father Paul were killed along with 19 other tourists when the volcano erupted on December 9, 2019

Ms. Browitt's 21-year-old sister Krystal (pictured right) and father Paul were killed along with 19 other tourists when the volcano erupted on December 9, 2019

"Honestly, when I think of that moment it makes me laugh, but it also taught me something," she wrote.

"You can do anything as long as you don't say the opposite."

In the meantime, in June, Mr. Browitt announced that her fingers needed to be amputated.

"I wasn't that upset," she said of the experience. "I was grateful that I still had my hands because when the outbreak happened I remember seeing my hands and realizing how bad they were.

"My nails were drooping, the skin was torn and flaking, and they were black and red in color (blood / ash)."

Surgeons at Alfred, Melbourne, worked tirelessly to save their hands, and Ms. Browitt said she was eternally grateful for the efforts of the staff.

"You put so much care in my hands with my skin grafts … they are amazingly healed," she said.

In June, Mr. Browitt announced that her fingers needed to be amputated (pictured), but said she was not upset because her hands were badly injured in the outbreak

In June, Mr. Browitt announced that her fingers needed to be amputated (pictured), but said she was not upset because her hands were badly injured in the outbreak

The 23-year-old survivor (picture) was supported by her mother Maria, who decided to stay on the cruise ship again before the outbreak

She was supported by her mother Maria, who decided to stay on the cruise ship instead of visiting the island with her husband and daughters.

Browitt's 21-year-old sister, Krystal, and father, Paul, were killed along with 19 other people when the volcano erupted on December 9, 2019.

When the first responders were on site after the explosion, Mr. Browitt asked them to save his girls before they came back for him.

Krystal was tragically killed in the first explosion, while Mr. Browitt later died in the hospital.

Ms. Browitt has spent the past seven months carefully rebuilding her life and recovering in the hospital.

Ms. Browitt has spent the past seven months trying to rebuild her life and recover in the hospital, but said the tragedy still feels like it happened “only yesterday”.

Ms. Browitt has spent the past seven months trying to rebuild her life and recover in the hospital, but said the tragedy still feels like it happened “only yesterday”.

She said that despite the elapsed time, she remembered the outbreak as if it were "just yesterday".

"Honestly, every time it's the ninth of every month, I can feel my heart racing and my body tense as the memory flows back in my head," Ms. Browitt wrote on Instagram.

& # 39; I'm getting scared. I hate it so much, it doesn't get easier. It hurts more and more when I think about how much time has passed since the last time I was with my father and sister. & # 39;

She said she kept wishing she could go back in time and at least looked for her sister and father and then sat down with them.

“We only absorb the parts of our new life and do the best that we can do.

“I just want to thank everyone for your kindness, your compassion and your constant support. You manage to put a smile on my face, if only for a second. & # 39;

Ms. Browitt (pictured with her father Paul) said that despite the elapsed time, she remembered the outbreak as if it were “just yesterday”.

Ms. Browitt (pictured with her father Paul) said that despite the elapsed time, she remembered the outbreak as if it were “just yesterday”.

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