A young woman who survived the White Island volcanic eruption has revealed what she wants to do next as she continues her incredible recovery from the traumatic experience.
Stephanie Brovitt, 26, was there in 2019 when the disaster hit Wakaari/White Island in New Zealand.
Twenty-two people died, including Ms. Browitt’s father Paul and 21-year-old sister Crystal, while she suffered third-degree burns on 70 percent of her body.
Ms. Brovitt has come a long and difficult road to recovery after the incident, but has shown resilience and determination throughout.
This led to her taking off her last burnt clothes in an emotional 60-minute interview last month.
Now Ms Browitt wants to pursue the media career she chose as a child or become a motivational speaker.
“I hope I can make a career in what I graduated from, which is media and art, film and television. It’s been my passion since childhood,” she said on the Today Show Tuesday.
“But I would also like to get a role in a motivational speech because I hope that by sharing my experience, I can give hope to others and show them that there is light at the end of the tunnel.”
Frankly, Ms Brovitt said she was still “struggling” but was “doing well” overall.
“It’s still very hard for me, but I’m trying to make the most of every day because I’m very grateful for my second chance at life,” she said.
She said taking off her compression mask back in June was “intimidating” but resulted in improvements in her physical and mental health.
“It was quite difficult at first,” Ms Browitt said.
“But after I took off all my compression clothing, I feel much freer and feel like myself again.
“They were pretty uncomfortable, hard to put up with and tight… they were very painful and caused a lot of terrible days.
“I’m very happy that I can now express myself through my wardrobe and makeup, and I don’t feel like it’s holding me back anymore.”
Appearing on the Today Show to help promote DonateLife Week, Ms Brovitt encouraged Australians to register as organ or tissue donors.
“I received donated skin tissue from several donors and I needed it… obviously when you have so many open wounds you are at a higher risk of infection and there is also bodily fluid leakage. My own good skin wasn’t enough to cover those areas,” she said.
“There are millions of Australians who want to register. People support it but tell themselves they will do it later.
“It’s fast. It takes one minute.”
Originally published as White Island survivor Stephanie Browitt talks about her next career move