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Lorraine Kelly – host of her own morning show for ITV – told The Mirror how she faced her fears and got back on a horse, almost a decade after she was seriously injured in a horror accident in 2012
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Brave Lorraine Kelly has recounted how she “faced her fears” after returning to her horse for the first time in a decade after a horrific accident left her nearly dead.
The star was seriously injured after her horse stepped on her while trying to jump during a charity challenge in 2012.
At the time, doctors said the injury to her thigh had cut her main artery by a millimeter, and that she had lost 3 liters of blood during a 4-hour emergency.
The star has not sat on a horse since. But in the emotional scenes that will air today (Tuesday) on her show Lorraine, the star was last seen back in the saddle.
Lacking in tears, the presenter attempted to ride a horse named Zion after teaming up with Sir Lee Pearson, a 14-time Paralympic Games gold medalist.
He managed to gently coax the worried-looking star onto his horse after reassuring her that she would be fine. Finally, she spends at least 30 minutes with the animal, with some pulses of the cover.
Speaking to the Mirror, Lorraine said she felt a “real sense of accomplishment” after finally summoning courage decades after the crash.
“I was so scared about it. I kept thinking ‘I really need to do this, it’s the new year, you really should do this’. But then Covid happened and I will make excuses. But then I said to myself ‘No, I have to do this. If I don’t do it now, I never will’. “
Speaking of her last moment in the saddle, Lorraine said: “When he started walking, I was like ‘oh my god,’ but it’s okay, totally fine. I mean I don’t think it’s something I would do again but I feel like I’ve faced my fears,” she said.
Lorraine says how the accident has shaped her life up until now. Every time she hears or sees a police horse in central London – or even sees a change of guard outside Buckingham Palace – she gets nervous.
“You see them and you hear the noise behind you in London and now when I hear the click, I know now I won’t be scared anymore,” she admitted.
Lorraine says that Sir Lee was instrumental in getting her back on her horse.
“I’ve been scared to get close to a horse before – I couldn’t have done it without Lee distracting me,” she explains.
The star said she was “lucky” to be alive after the crash. It put her off work for eight weeks as she recovered from a week-long hospital stay.
“I was very lucky. My surgeons were incredible and the people at A&E. I really went back to see them,” she said.
“It was the 70th anniversary of the NHS and I went up to them and said thank you because obviously I don’t remember much about it, I was shocked.”
The thigh injury left a nasty scar that Lorraine says she has finally come to terms with after years of extreme self-consciousness.
She said: “It looks like a shark bit me off. “I remember I posted a photo, a summer photo, and someone said it must have been edited because I got a bulge on the top of my leg during the bikini shoot. I was like ‘no, no, no’. That’s really my scar. I own it a little more now. Before, I always covered it with a sarong when I wore a swimming suit, but now I don’t care anymore when I go swimming.”
She added: “It doesn’t matter, these things are very yours and you shouldn’t feel bad about it at all.”
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