We didn't know anything. 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. Stephanie Browitt's return home from hospital last month was a bitter sweet moment for her and her mother. 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. White Island remains too dangerous to access, but … He's spoken out about his road to recovery. A teenage tour guide who suffered burns to 80 per cent of his body in the White Island volcano eruption … 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… 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. They clambered onto an inflatable dinghy and then onto a nearby boat. A lawyer representing Australian victims of the Whakaari/White Island disaster says they are exploring legal action against White Island Tours. There were 47 people on the island at the time. 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. 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. When paramedics met them, the pain killers were no relief at all and some of victims' bodies were too burnt for medics to administer to them. Lisa Dallow, an engineer with Santos, was flown to Australia after the eruption with burns to more than half her body. Winona, whose body was never recovered and is believed to have been washed out to sea, was remembered as a vibrant teen with a love for music and animals. 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And like Waghorn, he's promising to embrace that life, because he knows he's lucky to still have it. 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 ). Kelsey Waghorn was one of two Kiwis who survived. The comments below have been moderated in advance. 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. THE AFTERMATH. I just hope every other victim and myself "manage", because that's all we can do.'. 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. 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. The views expressed in the contents above are those of our users and do not necessarily reflect the views of MailOnline. The other, Jake Milbank, has since returned to the volcano he still loves and respects. '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. 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. 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. Thankfully the 72-year-old was transported from intensive care to the burns unit in January - a major step on his way to recovery. Watch: White Island eruption survivors share terrifying survival stories. Whakaari/White Island guide Jake Milbank survived the eruption and talks in the documentary about his experience. The ongoing seismic and volcanic activity in … 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. Just that they hadn't come back.'. They told how with summer in the U.S approaching they need to be careful in the sun, with the burns making their skin extra susceptible to UV. Tragedy also struck for John Cozad, who managed to make it off White Island alive but lost his son Chris in the process. '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. As ash and debris rained down, Ms Urey gripped her husband's hand and told him she loved him. Mr Milbank was rescued on tour boat The Phoenix after the eruption and remembers concentrating on staying awake to keep himself alive on the journey to the mainland. As his mother, father and younger sister were laid to rest, Jesse Langford watched on from his hospital bed. 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. Over the months that followed the Cozad family were faced with the grim reality of having to farewell their son Chris, while still not knowing if Mr Cozad would survive. 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. 'The events of that day still feel unreal, yet the effects of that day are felt daily,' they said. For the two Kiwi survivors, the months since have been a blur of surgeries, hurt, and rehabilitation. As they huddled behind a rock in the hope it would provide shelter, the couple could feel their skin 'peeling' off. ... and provide emergency services to those affected, after the eruption on White Island, also known as … 'Nothing short of miraculous': the long road ahead for injured survivors of White Island Recovery won’t be easy for the Australians burned in the New … Within seconds the couple were fleeing for their lives. 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. By Josh Hanrahan For Daily Mail Australia, Published: 23:01 EST, 13 June 2020 | Updated: 23:01 EST, 13 June 2020. Stephanie Browitt, 24, survived the deadly White Island volcano eruption. New Zealand volcano eruption leaves survivors with extensive burns . 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. We just didn't know. 'If I grabbed something, my hand just slid off because my skin was peeling off. "It wasn't really what I asked for," Mr Milbank told A Current Affair on the eve of the first anniversary of the disaster. When the volcano erupted there were 47 people on the island. 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. 'We didn't know who'd been involved. Luckily, his wife Beverley had chosen not to go on the tour, and instead shopped on the main island. Geoff Hopkins says he will never forget the cries as the survivors of the White Island volcano eruption were pulled aboard the boat. 'Of course I was frightened a little bit... but it all came down to that fight or flight kind of thing,' he said. Six months after the Whakaari/White Island eruption, survivor Kelsey Waghorn has spent the weekend at the base of three other New Zealand volcanoes. More than six months on, these are the stories of the White Island survivors. 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.'. 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. '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. Of the survivors admitted to hospital, 27 people had suffered burns to more than 30 per cent of their bodies. Incredibly Mrs Cozad had no idea what had happened until she received a call from her daughter back in Australia, asking if everyone was OK. 'It all went downhill from there,' Mrs Cozad told The Canberra Times. 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. Krystal Browitt, 21, was killed in the blast, while her father Paul died of his injuries in hospital. 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 "We ran for cover, time slowed down, it felt like it was taking minutes, but it was seconds," Waghorn said. 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. 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. On the tortuous journey home to the mainland, they were kept conscious by other passengers. 21 people died as a result of the White Island eruption. 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. 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. Stephanie has had eight fingers amputated and has had more than 20 operations since the incident. There were days where they lay oblivious to the gravity of what had happened while their families felt it intensely. Jesse (back) with his father Anthony (left) and sister Winona (right), whose body was never recovered from the island, A memorial service for Anthony, Kristine and Winona Langford was held in Sydney in January, Mourners embrace during the memorial service at Marist College North Shore. Time feels weird now. 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. We are no longer accepting comments on this article. I'll always be thankful to everyone who dropped what they were doing to "just donate blood". 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. "It was tough. 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 Stephanie lost her father Paul and sister Krystal in the White Island tragedy. 'She then recalled how rocks were falling everywhere and hitting her on the back. Mr Cozad's wife Beverley - who chose not to go on the tour - had not idea what had occurred until she received a call from her daughter back in Australia asking if everyone was OK, Mr and Mrs Cozad's son Chris (pictured) did not survive. 'My heart hurts and aches for them everyday. It just hurts more and more when I think about how much time has passed since I was last with my dad and sister. Hear more of Jake and Kelsey's stories by tuning into The Eruption: Stories of Survival from 8:30pm on Monday night on Three. She admits she thought they would die. '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. 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. Mrs Dallow can only remember flashes of the horrifying day. Six months already and it still feels like it happened just yesterday. '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. A Kiwi woman who survived the Whakaari White Island eruption has shared her terrifying and courageous story on camera for the first time. Her husband Gavin, 53, and daughter Zoe Hosking, 15, were killed on the island. She suffered burns to 70 per cent of her body in the blast on December 9 2019. 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's great respect for that place.". 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. 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