Teenage tour guide Jake Millbank was finally released from hospital in April, after 25 surgeries and two weeks in a coma. Six months on from the disaster, Mr and Mrs Reed provided an update on their lives to the hundreds of donors who helped raise $41,000 through a GoFundMe page. Six months after the Whakaari/White Island eruption, survivor Kelsey Waghorn has spent the weekend at the base of three other New Zealand volcanoes. Kelsey Waghorn was one of two Kiwis who survived. 'I want to say a heartfelt thank you to all blood donors – you saved my life', Ms Waghorn told The New Zealand Herald. Stephanie has had eight fingers amputated and has had more than 20 operations since the incident. White Island tour guide survivor Jake Milbank shares dramatic recovery image Jake was a tour guide who narrowly escaped death while on White Island during the eruption… It's not the image but the feeling that came with it, it was just, the oxygen gets sucked out of your body, and it was then that I thought, 'she's in big trouble'," Shelley Waghorn, Kelsey's mum, said. Horrific burns and the loss of loved ones mean the events of December 9, 2019, will forever live with those who were lucky enough to make it out alive. 'It takes a lot for me to cry, but the outpouring of support from around the world has had me shedding a lot of tears,' she said. After being carried from the island by rescuers, Kelsey Waghorn (pictured) spent 65 days in hospital - five of those in a coma - and required 14 different surgeries, Ms Waghorn this week thanked the blood donors who helped her survive during the months of treatment she required. 'It means so much more to the people who need it, and their loved ones, than I think anyone else realises.'. Hear more of Jake and Kelsey's stories by tuning into The Eruption: Stories of Survival from 8:30pm on Monday night on Three. Stephanie Browitt, 24, survived the deadly White Island volcano eruption. He watched on from his hospital bed as his parents Anthony and Kristine, and sister Winona, were laid to rest in January. Both Waghorn and Milbank were placed in induced comas when they first arrived at hospital. Six months already and it still feels like it happened just yesterday. 21 people died as a result of the White Island eruption. Her husband Gavin, 53, and daughter Zoe Hosking, 15, were killed on the island. 1 day ago. 'Things like putting your socks on and off, you don't think of that being a very big thing until you can't do it,' he told Newshub. 'Of course I was frightened a little bit... but it all came down to that fight or flight kind of thing,' he said. 'You could just feel your skin burning, sizzling. Mrs Dallow can only remember flashes of the horrifying day. Thankfully the 72-year-old was transported from intensive care to the burns unit in January - a major step on his way to recovery. I can't say we have adapted to the new normal, I can say we have made adjustments where necessary and we are working through OT, PT, therapy and upcoming surgery to make the very best of our situation.'. While he can't raise his arms over his head or touch the ground his parents and sister have been by his side to support him throughout his recovery. That respect brought him back to the island that has changed his life. The helicopter destroyed by the White Island eruption (stuff.co.nz). 'You could feel your skin sizzling': White Island survivors... 'It hurts more and more': Australian woman who suffered... Jacinda Ardern is the most popular New Zealand PM in more... Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19, White Island eruption survivor Kelsey Waghorn's message to her blood donors - NZ Herald, White Island survivors reveal incredible escape | Nine News Australia - YouTube. She suffered burns to 70 per cent of her body in the blast on December 9 2019. While most of the world has been focused on the COVID-19 pandemic, the White Island volcano disaster continues to consume the lives of everyone who survived. Volcanic Air and six other private helicopter company staff members flew their aircraft to Whakaari/White Island on the day of the eruption and rescued survivors. The other, Jake Milbank, has since returned to the volcano he still loves and respects. 'People talk about a new normal after catastrophic events happen. After two months in a coma, Lisa Dallow woke to the horrible news that her daughter and husband were dead. White Island tour guide Jake Milbank spent four months in hospital after the devastating eruption, including two weeks in a coma, with burns to 80 per cent of his body, Mr Milbank in happier times inside the crater of the White Island volcano before the eruption. The White Island volcano erupted on December 9, 2019, with 47 people trapped on the island. 'I'm only here today because of their selfless act of donating. ... and provide emergency services to those affected, after the eruption on White Island, also known as … Twenty-two people were killed, including two who are missing and declared dead, and a further 25 people suffered injuries, many of whom suffered severe burns. As ash and debris rained down, Ms Urey gripped her husband's hand and told him she loved him. "It was tough. 'She was a member of the (Willoughby Girls High) school band and played the flute, taking huge delight when the band toured the USA in 2016,' the memorial booklet at the funeral read. We didn't know anything. "We ran for cover, time slowed down, it felt like it was taking minutes, but it was seconds," Waghorn said. 'It was the darkest, most terrifying thing I've ever seen in my life. Kelsey Waghorn was one of two Kiwis who survived. The volcano eruption not only left her with third-degree burns to 70 per cent of her body and without part of her fingers, but it also claimed the lives of her father and younger sister. White Island Tours first started operating in 1991, but with WorkSafe and coronial investigations still ongoing, no one knows if Whakaari will ever welcome tourists again. The ability to open a two-litre bottle of soft drink was a momentous occasion for Rick and Ivy Reed on their road to recovery. 21 people died as a result of the eruption, some instantly, while others succumbed to their injuries in hospital. 23 Jul, 2020 12:43 AM 4 minutes to read. media caption Survivor who lost leg in previous NZ volcano eruption tells 5 Live about his experience. For the two Kiwi survivors, the months since have been a blur of surgeries, hurt, and rehabilitation. Waghorn and Milbank were walking back to the wharf with their group when White Island unleashed. In total, the White Island survivors have so far received blood from 751 donors, and it is those people - as well as the first responders - who she credits with saving her life. The 19-year-old suffered burns to the majority of his body, but was somehow the only member of his family to survive the disaster. 01:58. The volcano eruption not only left her with third-degree burns to 70 per cent of her body but also without part of her fingers, Stephanie Browitt (left, right), 23, told friends earlier this month that time has not made the White Island volcano eruption any easier. Survivors, families of the dead, first responders and people around Whakatāne have observed a minute's silence at the same time as the Whakaari / White Island eruption one year ago. Survivors from the volcanic eruption in New Zealand have described their terrifying ordeal. Today marks exactly a year since the eruption of Whakaari/White Island, a volcano off the coast of Whakatāne in the Bay of Plenty. A White Island Tours worker who stayed home sick on the day of the eruption is still grappling with survivor's guilt and trauma one year on. It just hurts more and more when I think about how much time has passed since I was last with my dad and sister. Just, so many people, it's your worst nightmare as a paramedic to be overwhelmed or under-resourced and not able to help more," St John paramedic Chrissie Nairn said. White Island tour guide survivor Jake Milbank opens up about long road back to recovery. On the tortuous journey home to the mainland, they were kept conscious by other passengers. Jake Milbank, 19, suffered burns to 80 percent of his body when White Island erupted on December 9, 2019. Lisa Dallow, 48, (centre) survived the eruption but her husband Gavin, 53, (left) and daughter Zoe Hosking, 15, (right) never made it off White Island alive on December 9 LISA DALLOW 'I get anxious. The American couple's injuries were so severe they remained in New Zealand for two months before doctors deemed them stable enough to journey back to the U.S. By Josh Hanrahan For Daily Mail Australia, Published: 23:01 EST, 13 June 2020 | Updated: 23:01 EST, 13 June 2020. He's spoken out about his road to recovery. Harrowing footage shows terrifying moment guide tells tourists to start running as White Island erupts, Copyright © 2020 MediaWorks TV - All Rights Reserved, By subscribing you agree to our Terms of Access and Privacy Policy. After being carried from the island by rescuers she spent 65 days in hospital - five of those in a coma - and required 14 different surgeries. White Island eruption survivors Matt and Lauren Urey had no way of knowing their choice in clothing the day of the eruption would shape the rest of their lives. There were 47 people on the island at the time. A teenage tour guide who suffered burns to 80 per cent of his body in the White Island volcano eruption … Luckily, his wife Beverley had chosen not to go on the tour, and instead shopped on the main island. A Kiwi woman who survived the Whakaari White Island eruption has shared her terrifying and courageous story on camera for the first time. There were days where they lay oblivious to the gravity of what had happened while their families felt it intensely. 'If I grabbed something, my hand just slid off because my skin was peeling off. Stephanie lost her father Paul and sister Krystal in the White Island tragedy. The disaster would claim the lives of 21 people, Stephanie Browitt (left) survived the White Island disaster, but her sister Krystal (right) and their father Paul were both killed instantly, After more than six months of treatment in hospital Stephanie, 23, returned home last month to the excitement of her much loved pet dog. You could feel rocks pelting down on your hard hat. No more survivors on White Island after volcanic eruption: police By Megan Levy and Zach Hope Updated December 10, 2019 — 7.00am first published at 3.18am It was only thanks to the efforts of nearby tourists and several local pilots that survivors made it off the island alive on 9 December 2019. Just that they hadn't come back.'. White Island volcano survivors sue Royal Caribbean and New Zealand tour company Matt and Lauren Urey survived a deadly volcanic eruption while on their honeymoon in New Zealand in December 2019. Of the survivors admitted to hospital, 27 people had suffered burns to more than 30 per cent of their bodies. The eruption - which happened off the coast of Whakatane on New Zealand's North Island - saw tourists trapped on the island, unable to outrun the plumes of acidic gas and ash that surrounded them. Jesse has been released from the burns ward but requires regular treatment at Royal North Shore Hospital. Watch: White Island eruption survivors share terrifying survival stories. Time feels weird now. "I remember looking at my arm and seeing my skin hanging off, and my hands, I went to grab one of the rails, and the skin on my palm just slid off," Milbank said. In an emotional post on the day she returned home, Stephanie told her friends and family how she wished she could have been with her father and sister in their last moments. You couldn't see your hand in front of your face,' Mr Urey told Nine News. 'She remembers it exploding and then telling everyone to run,' a close friend said in the aftermath. Just minutes before the volcano erupted the couple had smiled happily for a camera, excited about the adventure they were set to embark on. A lawyer representing Australian victims of the Whakaari/White Island disaster says they are exploring legal action against White Island Tours. And like Waghorn, he's promising to embrace that life, because he knows he's lucky to still have it. IN PICTURES: One year since White Island volcano eruption devastated New Zealand Mobile phone vision shows the Ureys among the other survivors who made it to the island… ', Ms Dallow missed her husband's funeral as she was in an induced coma in hospital recovering from her injuries, Gavin Dallow, 53, (left) and his step-daughter, 15-year-old Zoe Hosking, (right) died when the volcano erupted on White Island in December, John Cozad (right) managed to make it off White Island alive, but his son Chris was killed in the eruption. During those operations Ms Waghorn, 26, required 28 blood transfusions. I just hope every other victim and myself "manage", because that's all we can do.'. ', Mr Millbank said he remembers 'basically everything' beginning from the time he arrived back on the wharf in Whakatane. 'My heart hurts and aches for them everyday. A woman whose son was killed in a volcanic eruption in New Zealand a year ago said that as she ... Top News Videos for white island eruption survivors. Only 26 would survive the blast. I hate it so much, it does not get easier. Matt and Lauren Urey's honeymoon turned to disaster on December 9 when they were on the island when the volcano erupted, As they huddled behind a rock in the hope it would provide shelter, the couple could feel their skin 'peeling' off (pictured ). The 48-year-old blacked out shortly after the eruption and was placed in an induced coma, before being eventually transported to The Alfred hospital in Melbourne. Geoff Hopkins says he will never forget the cries as the survivors of the White Island volcano eruption were pulled aboard the boat. White Island eruption: Newlywed survivors confirm lawsuit against Kiwi company, cruise ship. Both were tour guides on December 9, the day it erupted, causing the deaths of 21 people and injuring many more. Tragedy also struck for John Cozad, who managed to make it off White Island alive but lost his son Chris in the process. 'Honestly, every time it's the ninth of each month I can feel my heart racing and my body tense as the memory of it floods back in my mind,' she wrote on Instagram. She admits she thought they would die. 'Having to have someone else there to put your shoes on and off is a lot different to what you're used to.'. The views expressed in the contents above are those of our users and do not necessarily reflect the views of MailOnline. When the volcano erupted there were 47 people on the island. Kelsey Waghorn was wearing only a t-shirt, shorts and hiking boots when the plumes of skin searing gas and ash began raining down across White Island. The American couple were with a tour group exploring the island when ash silently mushroomed from the volcano's crater. READ MORE: 'It does not get easier': Melbourne survivor of White Island eruption speaks of grief, anxiety, pain December 9, the day crater blew, was also Mr Milbank's 19 th birthday. On 9 December 2019, at 14:11 NZDT, the volcanic island Whakaari / White Island in New Zealand's northeastern Bay of Plenty region explosively erupted. Having bared the brunt of the 300C gas that erupted from the volcano Mr Millbank said it was the things he had once taken for granted that were now most special to him. ', Lisa Dallow, 48, (centre) survived the eruption but her husband Gavin, 53, (left) and daughter Zoe Hosking, 15, (right) never made it off White Island alive on December 9. More than six months on, these are the stories of the White Island survivors. It should have been the happiest time of their lives, but Matt and Lauren Urey's honeymoon turned to disaster on December 9. 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The American couple's injuries were so severe they remained in New Zealand for two months before doctors deemed them stable enough to journey back to the U.S, Jesse Langford (front) was the only member of his family to survive the White Island tragedy. THE AFTERMATH. Four Corners has uncovered the chaos and disorganisation in the hours that followed the Whakaari/White Island eruption, which killed 21 people and left many others badly injured.. 'It took a while for it to sink in and then she just kept saying she can’t believe they had died,' a family spokesperson said in the days after Mrs Dallow woke up. We are no longer accepting comments on this article. A Kiwi woman who survived the Whakaari White Island eruption has shared her terrifying and courageous story on camera for the first time. They clambered onto an inflatable dinghy and then onto a nearby boat. 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