Emma Carey stunned the runway at Australian Fashion Week when she appeared wearing a slinky blue bralette and matching lace underwear for Christina Stephens' show
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Emma Carey stunned the runway at Australian Fashion Week when she appeared wearing a slinky blue bralette and matching lace underwear for Christina Stephens’ show.

But only a handful of viewers sitting in the audience would know how the glowing blonde bombshell before them almost died in 2013 when she ‘fell from the sky’ during a routine skydiving exercise on a trip of a lifetime in Europe.

On Sunday the now 29-year-old from Queensland reflected on her walk in the Adaptive Fashion show at Afterpay Australian Fashion Week, calling it a ‘beautiful and important step in the right direction’ for the industry.

‘What a wild, unexpected, scary, and absolute honour of an experience,’ she said.    

Emma Carey stunned the runway at Australian Fashion Week when she appeared wearing a slinky blue bralette and matching lace underwear for Christina Stephens' show

Emma Carey stunned the runway at Australian Fashion Week when she appeared wearing a slinky blue bralette and matching lace underwear for Christina Stephens’ show

On Sunday the now 29-year-old from Queensland reflected on her walk in the Adaptive Fashion show at Afterpay Australian Fashion Week, calling it a 'beautiful and important step in the right direction' for the industry

'What a wild, unexpected, scary, and absolute honour of an experience,' she said

On Sunday the now 29-year-old from Queensland reflected on her walk in the Adaptive Fashion show at Afterpay Australian Fashion Week, calling it a ‘beautiful and important step in the right direction’ for the industry

It was only the fifth day of Emma's month-long overseas adventure when she decided to skydive in Switzerland, revealing to Daily Mail Australia in 2018 that she wasn't 'at all nervous' to jump out of a helicopter

It was only the fifth day of Emma’s month-long overseas adventure when she decided to skydive in Switzerland, revealing to Daily Mail Australia in 2018 that she wasn’t ‘at all nervous’ to jump out of a helicopter

‘Everybody – no matter what size, gender, race, or ability – should be able to look at any magazine, billboard, store, or runway, and see someone who looks like them, wearing something made FOR them.

‘Fashion for people with disabilities is more than just hospital gowns and medical model clothing – it can be fun and expressive while also being accessible and inclusive. Australia’s first ever adaptive runway showed just that.’

It was only the fifth day of Emma’s month-long overseas adventure when she decided to skydive in Switzerland, revealing to Daily Mail Australia in 2018 that she wasn’t ‘at all nervous’ to jump out of a helicopter. 

‘I remember thinking it was the best feeling ever,’ she said.

She said: 'Everybody - no matter what size, gender, race, or ability - should be able to look at any magazine, billboard, store, or runway, and see someone who looks like them, wearing something made FOR them'

She said: ‘Everybody – no matter what size, gender, race, or ability – should be able to look at any magazine, billboard, store, or runway, and see someone who looks like them, wearing something made FOR them’

This photo was taken moments before Emma's parachute and emergency chute became tangled and choked her instructor, causing him to pass out

This photo was taken moments before Emma’s parachute and emergency chute became tangled and choked her instructor, causing him to pass out  

Emma took the brunt of the fall, landing on her stomach, while the instructor landed on top of her (pictured with her injuries)

 Emma took the brunt of the fall, landing on her stomach, while the instructor landed on top of her (pictured with her injuries)

But the dive didn’t go to plan. Emma’s parachute and emergency chute became tangled and choked her instructor, causing him to pass out. 

‘He was unconscious the whole time and so he couldn’t do anything to help,’ she said.

The pair fell to the ground so fast Emma was certain it was her last day on earth. 

‘I didn’t think it was possible for someone to survive something like that. I remember thinking “I am not ready to die”,’ she recalled.

Emma took the brunt of the fall, landing on her stomach, while the instructor landed on top of her. 

When she tried to get up to help him, she realised that she couldn’t move her legs. 

'I didn't think it was possible for someone to survive something like that. I remember thinking "I am not ready to die",' she recalled

 ‘I didn’t think it was possible for someone to survive something like that. I remember thinking “I am not ready to die”,’ she recalled

Emma’s spine was broken in two places. She also broke her pelvis and shattered her teeth. 

‘But the main thing was when I broke my back I also got a spinal cord injury so I was a paraplegic,’ she said.

She spent four months in hospitals abroad and back in Australia. 

But Emma was determined to stand after the accident and surprised doctors when she was able to get on her feet just a year later.

She had issues feeling her lower limbs for years and still walks with a limp but it’s a vast improvement for the ‘girl who fell out of the sky’, as she is known on Instagram.

Emma has been open about her struggles controlling her bowels and having to use catheters and enemas to go to the bathroom.

In 2017 she was painting a mural on Sydney's Bondi Beach when she cut the bottom of her foot

In 2017 she was painting a mural on Sydney’s Bondi Beach when she cut the bottom of her foot 

Ms Carey has openly spoken about this online.

She has posted images of herself covered in urine as her bladder can only hold 100ml of liquid and in hospital after getting a urinary tract infection caused by her catheter. 

Not being able to feel her legs as well as she used to left Emma vulnerable to injury.

In 2017 she was painting a mural on Sydney’s Bondi Beach when she cut the bottom of her foot.

After weeks of antibiotics and time in a cast there were fears that the foot had to be amputated. 

Emma was again unable to walk and put back into a wheelchair. Just as her foot was healing, a wound opened on the other one

Emma was again unable to walk and put back into a wheelchair. Just as her foot was healing, a wound opened on the other one 

She said that while she hasn't been able to prepare for the physical side of the event as much as she'd have liked to due to her knee surgery

She said that while she hasn’t been able to prepare for the physical side of the event as much as she’d have liked to due to her knee surgery

Emma was again unable to walk and put back into a wheelchair. Just as her foot was healing, a wound opened on the other one.

It took 12 months, two weeks and three days until both her feet healed completely.

Then in 2018 she tore a ligament in her knee as she was standing up – before finding out she also had a tumour in the region that needed to be removed.

But it seems nothing can stop her from doing all she can to raise awareness about spinal cord injuries, with Emma now referring to herself as a ‘walking paraplegic’ on social media.

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