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I was burned in the volcanic explosion in New Zealand that killed my father and sister

SURVEYING a volcanic explosion that killed two members of her family has revealed the derogatory question people insist on asking.

Stephanie Browitt, 25, lost her father Paul and 21-year-old sister Krystal when the White Island volcano in New Zealand erupted while they were on a day trip from a cruise ship on December 9, 2019.

@ stephaniecoral96 Answering back so everyone can understand ❤️ #survivor #burnssurvivor #eruptionsurvivor #burns #recuperate #qna #askstephy#whiteislanderuption ♬ original sound – Stephanie Coral Browitt

Stephanie was terribly injured in a volcanic eruption in 2019

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Stephanie was terribly injured in a volcanic eruption in 2019Credit: Instagram
Stephanie before the horror volcano explosion in December 2019

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Stephanie before the horror volcano explosion in December 2019Credit: Refer to Footnote
Stephanie lets her followers know where her group is on the island

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Stephanie lets her followers know where her group is on the islandCredit: TikTok / @stephaniecoral96
She explained: “Less than a minute later, the same area was filled with smoke - meaning they didn't have time to get in the water.

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She explained: “Less than a minute later, the same area was filled with smoke – meaning they didn’t have time to get in the water.Credit: TikTok / @stephaniecoral96

After suffered terrible burns to 70% of her body inside The tragedy claimed the lives of 22 people, Stephanie – from Melbourne, Australia – bravely documented her path to recovery.

But now she has said how people keep asking why she and her family “can’t jump into the water if it’s an island”.

Speaking on TikTok, Stephanie decided to address the question of ignorance by letting her followers know where she and her family were on the island when the eruption occurred.

“A common question I get as a survivor of a White Island eruption is ‘why can’t you jump into the water if it’s an island,'” she says.

“As you can see, it was us, going around, on the island that day, at 2:10 pm. And the walls were extremely high, and we were just surrounded by rocks. We were nowhere near the jetty and nowhere near the ocean.

“We’re as inland as you can get and less than 140 meters from the crater. So my family and I were at the end of that road, and it was about a two-minute walk, we were just starting out. early walk back to the jetty.

“This is the same camera just 40 seconds to a minute apart, and as you can see the island is already covered in ashes.

“So we never, never got to the water. There was really no chance for the group of 21 that I was traveling with.”

Stephanie’s mother Marie stayed on the Ovation of the Seas cruise ship and watched in horror as the volcano erupted.

The family was unable to escape the deadly explosion, and Stephanie was stranded on the island in agony waiting for the rescue team to find her.

Tragically, her sister died and a month after joining the battle for survival, Paul also lost his life on January 12, 2020.

Stephanie suffered terrible burns to 70% of her body, lost parts of her fingers and was forced to spend six months in hospital undergoing grueling surgeries and skin grafts.

She has since courageously taken to social media to share updates on her recovery, from the moment she is reunited with her mother at home, to the ongoing procedures.

We have never, ever, will make it into the water. There really was no chance for the group of 21 that I was traveling with.

Stephanie Browitt

Taking to Instagram to mark the two-year anniversary of the disaster last month, she wrote: “Today is not only the day I survived the unimaginable, but also the day I lost my dad, Paul and my sister, Krystal. It’s the day. to which they were sent.

“My achievements mean nothing to me knowing that they are not shared with my sister and father by my side.

“Every day I question why we can’t go through this extremely difficult journey together, why can’t they be here.

“So when I think about this day, it’s filled with very mixed emotions. I’m so grateful that I was able to return home to my mother, but I’m also heartbroken because it’s just me. We’re a family of four, not two.

“My heart hurts when I remember how I felt that day, but it hurts more when I don’t know how my dad and sister felt, that I wasn’t there for them in their final moments. their.”

Stephanie's father and sister were killed in the explosion as her mother Marie watched in horror from the cruise ship

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Stephanie’s father and sister were killed in the explosion as her mother Marie watched in horror from the cruise ship
White Island volcano eruption in New Zealand kills 22 people

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White Island volcano eruption in New Zealand kills 22 peopleCredit: Reuters
Krystal Browitt, 21 years old, tragically died in the explosion

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Krystal Browitt, 21 years old, tragically died in the explosionCredit: Universal News And Sport (Europe)
Stephanie suffered terrible burns to 70% of her body

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Stephanie suffered terrible burns to 70% of her bodyCredit: Instagram
The 25-year-old bravely documented her path to recovery

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The 25-year-old bravely documented her path to recoveryCredit: Instragram

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