Real Housewives of Orange County star Vicki Gunvalson is opening up about the sand dune accident she was in with her Bravo co-star Tamra Barney, which we will see later this season on the show.
“Put a camera on me, and put me on a trip, and you know something’s going to happen,” Gunvalson told the Daily Dish.
The ladies traveled to Ireland on their cast trip, but a mini vaca to Glamis, California, also caused a lot of drama. The cast became involved in a sand dune accident during that vacation in April.
“We’re all very blessed, first of all, to be alive. We were definitely having a guardian angel, my mom always watching over me,” Vicki said of the accident.
Gunvalson said the accident happened after after Tamra Judge made a turn while driving up a sand dune. The wheels of the vehicle lifted off of the sand on one side, and they began rolling.
“During that time, I was in and out of consciousness,” she explained. “We had helmets on, but it was really scary. I’ve never rolled anything in my life. Bucket list checked. I’m done.”
Vicki said she was out until she was airlifted to the hospital. “Next thing I know, I’m on a stretcher. The next thing you know I’m in a helicopter. The next thing you know I’m in a hospital,” she said. “They cut all my clothes off me, wrote “trauma” on the side of my arm. Like, OK, this is kind of serious.”
“I really believed that when I was laying there in the helicopter ride over to the hospital by myself, I really kind of felt this wasn’t my time, but I was prepared to go. I’ve accomplished a great life. I have two great kids, I have two great grandkids, I have a great business. I kind of just thought like, ‘If this is my time, I’m good,'” she explained. “But once I realized that I wasn’t paralyzed and I was going to be OK, I just thought, ‘I’m gonna be OK. I got a second chance.'”
Vicki ended up with some “neck injuries and back injuries and a concussion,” but she said neither she nor her RHOC castmates were severely injured and she feels lucky to be alive.
“I was probably hurt the worst, and I’m good now,” she said. “I went through physical therapy and a lot of chiropractic and acupuncture and everything. I mean, my neck is still stiff on the left side, but I get massages once a week, and it’s loosening up and I’m feeling good.”
“We’re here. We’re fortunate. Nobody’s deceased. Everybody’s able to walk out of it,” she said. “It was God’s blessing. I mean, truly.”
Watch Vicki talk about the accident below.
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