Emma Carey on learning to walk again after a horror sky diving accident that left her a walking paraplegic


Nine years ago Emma Carey was fulfilling a lifelong dream to go skydiving in the Swiss Alps.

But after jumping from the helicopter, her excitement turned to terror as her parachute tangled and she fell 15,000 feet, or 4.5km, to the ground.

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She survived but was paralysed from the waist down and told she would never walk again.

“I was never knocked unconscious,” Carey told Sunrise, recalling the accident.

Emma Carey in hospital following the fall. Credit: Supplied

“So I remember the fall, I remember landing, I remember the moment I realised I was paralysed – all of it.

“The first thing I felt when I hit the ground was just overwhelming pain in my whole body.

“I didn’t know where it was coming from, I’ve never felt anything like it.”

Then the unexpected happened – she slowly began to regain feeling in her legs and, with incredible determination, learned to walk again.

Emma re-learning how to walk. Credit: Supplied

Carey opens up about her journey in the new book The Girl Who Fell From The Sky, which follows her recovery, life as a walking paraplegic and a six-year court battle.

The story is more than a memoir, it is also a call to action reminding others not to take their lives or abilities for granted.

Emma talks to Sunrise about her journey. Credit: Sunrise

“I think because I have the memory of the fall, even though it was a really traumatic thing to live through, it actually helped me because I experienced that deep sense of regret that I didn’t have much longer to live and how much I still wanted to do,” she said.

“So when I survived, even though I was paralysed and things were hard, I felt so lucky to still be here.”

The Girl Who Fell From The Sky is out now.

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