- Publish Date
- Thursday, 20 February 2020, 8:26AM
WARNING: Graphic images.
Whakaari survivor Kelsey Waghorn has shared photos of her recovery online two months on from the disaster.
Waghorn has undergone more than a dozen surgeries, with skin grafts to her arms, legs, hands and lower back, and with some touch-ups on her upper arms.
One picture shows the 25-year-old's arm and a patchwork of skin grafts and scar tissue.
A sliver of her tattoo peeks out from underneath the burned skin.
"I planned this tattoo for two years," the caption read.
"I got it the morning of the Foo Fighters concert in 2018 and was in love with it.
I was always asked "what is your tattoo?" I guess that question will now be "what was your tattoo?"
She joked she will need a touch-up in a few years.
Waghorn also said she spent Christmas Day bundled up in bandages, but with the ones she loves.
The guide awoke in hospital to full thickness burns to 45 per cent of her body.
She'd spent 10 days in ICU, five of those in an induced coma after the island spewed ash, steam and toxic gas on December 9.
Twenty-one people were killed when the volcano blew, among them Waghorn's colleagues Hayden-Marshall Inman and Tipene Maangi.
In a recent update on her Givealittle page, she wrote: "I am slowly regaining the use of both of my hands - my right is worse than my left. But I'm working on that every day."
"Everything is healing twice as fast as anyone predicted, and although I have my moments, I am proud of the huge progress I have made.
"I'm covered in scars and relocated skin, and that's okay with me."
"So I'll never sweat, I won't grow hair from there, my body won't exude oil through my skin normally."
Waghorn said she cried when she saw how much had been donated to her Givealittle page, where donations now soar over $100,000.
"Once again, thank you thank you thank you to everyone for their donations, their kind words, their time and hard work," a recent update said.
"I wouldn't be here without you."
She remains in Hutt Valley Hospital.
This article was first published on nzherald.co.nz and is republished here with permission.