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Madeleine West first returned to the place where she was hit by a bus 18 years ago

In 2002, Madeleine West was lucky enough to survive a horrific bus crash on Sydney’s Oxford Street that nearly claimed her life.

And 18 years later, the 40-year-old has returned to the crash site for the first time.

Document the experience in one piece for Stellar magazine, the Neighbors star shared how she spent four hours frozen in fear sitting at the Darlinghurst bus stop where she suffered her injuries.

Going back: Madeleine West (pictured) was lucky enough to survive a horrific bus crash on Sydney's Oxford Street that nearly claimed her life. And 18 years later, the 40-year-old first returned to the crash site and documented the experience in Stellar

Going back: Madeleine West (pictured) was lucky enough to survive a horrific bus crash on Sydney’s Oxford Street that nearly claimed her life. And 18 years later, the 40-year-old first returned to the crash site and documented the experience in Stellar

Madeleine explained that for four hours and 35 minutes she “felt trapped in the paradox of fighting or fleeing” as she tried to face her fear.

She wrote: Absurd, hissing the brakes makes my heart beat and pound faster. My fists are clenched and my nails dig into my palms with a force that threatens to draw blood. I can’t breathe.

“A strange noise catches my attention. A superficial, painful sharpness. The cry of an injured animal or frightened child. It comes from me. ‘

Horror: Madeleine explained that for four hours and 35 minutes, she “felt trapped in the paradox of fighting or fleeing” while trying to face her fear

She continued, “It is impossible for the anger and pain to be suppressed, and I begin to cry. Snotty, hiccups, the suffocated hysteria of a small child terrified out of their minds. Apt, really, because that’s how I feel and look ‘

She continued, “It is impossible for the anger and pain to be suppressed, and I begin to cry. Snotty, hiccups, the suffocated hysteria of a small child terrified out of their minds. Apt, really, because that’s how I feel and look. ‘

A woman named Karen, an unknown to the actress, saw her grief and comforted her until she could calm down.

“Finally the bus that does not inspire fear arrives, and as it rolls away, I turn to her and say simply,” Thank you. ”

Shocking: At the age of 22, Madeleine was hit by a bus while waiting for a footpath off Oxford Street in Sydney. In a previous Instagram post, Madeleine shared a photo of her injuries

Shocking: At the age of 22, Madeleine was hit by a bus while waiting for a footpath off Oxford Street in Sydney. In a previous Instagram post, Madeleine shared a photo of her injuries

Shocking: At the age of 22, Madeleine was hit by a bus while waiting for a footpath off Oxford Street in Sydney. In a previous Instagram post, Madeleine shared a photo of her injuries

The actress said she insisted, “Three skull fractures that radiate from the orbital structure around my left eye, one that runs below the brain shelf. This little thunder remained stubbornly open for some time and leaked air bubbles in my cerebrospinal fluid and cerebrospinal fluid in my mouth. Depicted in 2002

Madeleine says that while she has made progress to face her fears, she admitted, “To this day, I still get weak seeing a bus.”

At the age of 22, Madeleine was hit by a bus while waiting for a footpath off Oxford Street in Sydney.

In a previous Instagram post, Madeleine shared a photo of her injuries, and in one news.com.au iinterview, did not draw a fist while describing it.

Recovery: She went on to explain that she had fully recovered - albeit with a 'bundle of scars, a bit of a stutter and a dodgy eyebrow'

Recovery: She went on to explain that she had fully recovered - albeit with a 'bundle of scars, a bit of a stutter and a dodgy eyebrow'

Recovery: She went on to explain that she had fully recovered – albeit with a ‘bundle of scars, a bit of a stutter and a dodgy eyebrow’

She explained, “Three fractures of the skull that radiate from the orbital structure around my left eye, one that runs below the brain shelf.

“This little bastard stubbornly remained open for some time and leaked air bubbles in my cerebrospinal fluid and cerebral fluid in my mouth.”

Madeline – who described how the impact caused her brain to ‘ricochet’ in her skull as a ‘ball between Nadal and Federer’ – police later said the accident caused her makeup to have an almost perfect imprint of her face left the bus.

Madeleine says that while she has made progress to face her fears, she admitted, “To this day, I still get weak seeing a bus.”

She went on to explain that the fractures closed after ‘a few days’ and luckily she fully recovered – albeit with a ‘bundle of scars, a little stutter and an unreliable eyebrow’.

Since March, the former Underbelly star and her six children have been living in her home in Byron Bay amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Madeleine shares Phoenix, 14, Hendrix, 12, Xascha, nine, Xanthe, eight and six-year-old twins Xalia and Margaux, with her ex-partner Shannon Bennett.

Home: Since March, the former Underbelly star and her six children have been living in her home in Byron Bay amid the coronavirus pandemic

Home: Since March, the former Underbelly star and her six children have been living in her home in Byron Bay amid the coronavirus pandemic

Home: Since March, the former Underbelly star and her six children have been living in her home in Byron Bay amid the coronavirus pandemic

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