Steph beats horror injuries to take on Miss World
AGAINST all odds Brisbane student Stephanie Campbell has the Miss World Australia crown set firmly in her sights.
The 24 year old was named a National Finalist in the pageant just nine weeks after a horrific skydiving accident almost claimed her life at Toogoolawah in South-East Queensland.
Caught in cross winds during a routine skydive on 16 March, Stephanie, an experienced skydiver, knew she was in trouble when she encountered turbulent air.
Despite the pain Stephanie remained conscious following her accident.
Jeff Bradfield, Intensive Care Flight Paramedic for CareFlight who treated Stephanie at the scene, said she was lucky to survive the accident.
"She was in pretty bad shape. I was concerned about Stephanie's injuries, particularly as they were spinal," Jeff said.
Miss Campbell was confined to a spinal bed unable to move for five days, but miraculously walked out of hospital after just five more days of bed rest and the aid of a spinal brace.
"Waiting to get better was tough," she said.
"I didn't know from one day to the next if I would get back to normal.
"But celebrating small improvements each day really helped me to remain hopeful.
It was that kind of optimism that compelled Stephanie to enter the Miss World Australia pageant just two weeks into her recovery.
The National Finals for Miss World Australia will be held from 24-27 July at Oaks Cypress Lakes Resort in the Hunter Valley.