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White Island tour guide Kelsey Waghorn regains consciousness for the first time

Brave White Island tour guide regains consciousness for the first time as her mum says ‘she’s not giving up’ after suffering 45% burns to her body

  • Tour guide Kelsey Waghorn was on White Island when the volcano erupted
  • Ms Waghorn has now regained consciousness and is in good spirits
  • The disaster of December 9 left 19 dead and many injured

A tour guide who was seriously injured in the White Island volcano disaster has regained consciousness for the first time.

Kelsey Waghorn suffered burns to 45% of his body when a volcano on the island of New Zealand suddenly erupted.

The horrific event of December 9 killed 19 people and left many others seriously injured.

Tour guide Kelsey Waghorn (pictured) woke up for the first time after suffering severe burns in the White Island volcano disaster on December 9

Ms Waghorn’s mother, Shelley, told the NZ Herald that her daughter had regained consciousness and had an inspiring attitude.

“She doesn’t give up. Every time she’s asked to do something, she does it, no matter how hard it is or how much it hurts, she just digs deep and does it.

The mother said Ms Waghorn spent five days in an induced coma after the crash but is now speaking and working with a physio.

She undergoes up to three surgeries a day to replace skin grafts.

The horrific event in New Zealand left 19 dead and many seriously injured

The horrific event in New Zealand left 19 dead and many seriously injured

The tour guide still has a long way to go to recover from her serious injuries, but a Give A Little page created in her name is helping ease the burden.

Her mother Shelley said her daughter initially spent five days in an induced coma but is now talking and working with the physio to restore her functionality.

Her mother Shelley said her daughter initially spent five days in an induced coma but is now talking and working with the physio to restore her functionality.

Her family were blown away that the page had raised $103,641, Ms Waghorn reportedly burst into tears after seeing she had topped $57,000.

It comes after the parents of another injured tour guide, Jake Milbank, revealed he had regained consciousness last week, according to the Whakatane Beacon.

The 19-year-old is currently recovering at Middlemore Hospital with burns to 80% of his body.

His father, Steve, said that because Jake had so little skin, the recovery process was going to be long and slow.

‘These are the early stages; it’s gonna be a long road. We take it one day at a time. He’s not out of the woods, he’s still in intensive care, so we continue to manage day in and day out,’ Mr Milbank said.

Another injured tour guide, Jake Milbank (pictured), regained consciousness after being burned to 80% of his body

Another injured tour guide, Jake Milbank (pictured), regained consciousness after being burned to 80% of his body

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