Emma Carey thought she had “10 seconds to live” during a skydiving accident.

A young Australian woman recalls the heartbreaking moment when she realized she had “only 10 seconds to live” during a freak skydiving accident.

Emma Carey, now 29, nearly died in 2013 when her parachute became tangled and then strangled her skydiving instructor, sending them falling 14,000 feet out of the sky.

It was only day five of her three-month adventure abroad when she decided to go skydiving in Switzerland with her best friend Jemmailliard.

The adrenaline junkie realized something was seriously wrong when she saw her parachute flapping in front of her instead of in the air above.

Emma Carey, now 29, nearly died in 2013 when her parachute became tangled and then strangled her skydiving instructor, sending them falling 14,000 feet out of the sky

Emma Carey, now 29, nearly died in 2013 when her parachute became tangled and then strangled her skydiving instructor, sending them falling 14,000 feet out of the sky

It was only day five of her three-month adventure abroad when she decided to go skydiving in Switzerland with her best friend Jemmailliard

It was only day five of her three-month adventure abroad when she decided to go skydiving in Switzerland with her best friend Jemmailliard

By the time her instructor deployed her parachute, he had become entangled in the safety parachute cords and was choking him, causing him to pass out.

“I remember thinking, ‘Oh my god, Jemma must find me on the ground,’ Ms Carey told ‘A Current Affair.’

“I remember thinking about my family and the main thing I remember was just a sort of regret for not fully embracing my life up to that point.”

She took the brunt of the fall, landing face down with the instructor on top of her.

Ms Carey tried to roll him off her and quickly became distraught when she realized she couldn’t feel anything from the waist down.

“The first thing I saw was that she was lying on her stomach, blood all over her face, crying, hysterical, screaming that she couldn’t feel her legs,” said Ms.

Ms Carey was taken to hospital where surgeons operated on her back and pelvis. Her spine was broken in two places, leaving her with a spinal cord injury, but she has since been able to walk again

Ms Carey was taken to hospital where surgeons operated on her back and pelvis. Her spine was broken in two places, leaving her with a spinal cord injury, but she has since been able to walk again

Carey has remained positive throughout the ordeal and now looks back on the terrifying moment she was certain she would die a'born again'.

Carey has remained positive throughout the ordeal and now looks back on the terrifying moment she was certain she would die a ‘born again’.

Ms Carey was taken to hospital where surgeons operated on her back and pelvis. Her spine was broken in two places, making her a paraplegic.

After recovering from the surgery, she was reunited with her family and friends in Australia, where she began rehabilitation efforts.

Miraculously, slowly but surely, she regained feeling in her legs and eventually learned to walk, albeit with a slight limp.

She describes herself as a “walking paraplegic” — a term used to describe those who were diagnosed with spinal cord injury but later became able to walk.

In 2018, she tore a ligament in her knee while standing up – before finding out she also had a tumor in the area that needed to be removed.

Miraculously, slowly but surely, Ms Carey regained feeling in her legs and eventually learned to walk, albeit with a slight limp

Miraculously, slowly but surely, Ms Carey regained feeling in her legs and eventually learned to walk, albeit with a slight limp

However, Ms Carey has remained positive throughout the ordeal and now looks back on the terrifying moment she was certain she would die a ‘born again’.

‘I know how it feels. To think that I only have 10 seconds to live and now I’m getting the rest of my life, whatever that is, so I think it’s really nice for me to have that reminder because it helps me stay grateful,” she said.

“Life has really changed from that moment and I also feel like every day from that date is just extra time to live, so I should celebrate that.”

Ms Carey even made her catwalk debut in May when she walked the runway at Australian Fashion Week in a matching blue bralette and lingerie.

She said her appearance at the Adaptive Fashion Show at Afterpay Australian Fashion Week was a “beautiful and important step in the right direction” for the industry.

“What a wild, unexpected, scary and absolutely honorable experience,” she said at the time.

Emma Carey stunned the Australian Fashion Week catwalk when she appeared in a skintight blue bralette and matching lace lingerie for the Christina Stephens show in May 2022

Emma Carey stunned the Australian Fashion Week catwalk when she appeared in a skintight blue bralette and matching lace lingerie for the Christina Stephens show in May 2022

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

The “walking paraplegic” has also written her own novel, The Girl Who Fell From Heaven, which chronicles the day her life was changed forever.

On Monday, Ms Carey celebrated exactly nine years since leaving hospital after months of living in a spine ward.

“She didn’t know she would be here nine years later. A day before the release of her first book,” she wrote on Instagram.

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Bradford Betz

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