Neighbor Madeleine West shares a confrontational photo of her horrific injuries after being hit by a bus 18 years ago – revealing how the accident changed her view of beauty
Madeleine West has spoken candidly about the profound impact a life-threatening accident had on her 18 years ago.
Neighbors’ 39 star shared a confrontational photo with Instagram on Monday showing her gruesome facial injuries after being hit by a bus in 2002.
In the picture, a 22-year-old Madeleine looks unrecognizable with a bloodshot eye, stitches in her forehead and bruises all over her face.
Shockingly, on Monday, neighbor Madeleine West shared this confrontational photo of her horrific injuries after being hit by a bus in Sydney 18 years ago. She also revealed how the accident had changed her view of beauty
“Today I celebrate 18 years since I got hit by a bus in the head … I always wanted to be the kind of girl who stopped traffic. But preferably not with my face, ‘she wrote in the caption.
Madeleine explained that the shocking image did not reveal the full extent of her injuries, including three skull fractures that leaked cerebrospinal fluid, the hemorrhage and the hematoma, the broken teeth [and] broken capillaries’.
The actress, who plays Dee Bliss on Neighbors, went on to say that despite ‘the endless nights of excruciating pain and the months of therapy’ to regain her motor skills, she thought the ‘biggest tragedy’ was the impact on her appearance at the time.
Things put into perspective: Madeleine, who plays Dee Bliss on Neighbors, confessed that despite ‘the endless nights of excruciating pain and the months of therapy’ to regain her motor skills, she had thought the ‘biggest tragedy’ had an impact on her appearance
However, this “tragedy” would prove to be the greatest gift, she said.
That’s because the accident taught her an important lesson about beauty, which is that a person’s appearance is only a “small part” of who they are.
“I learned that no one should ever be forced to give up their dreams. No matter who we are, where we come from or what we look like, our dreams are what supports us, ‘she told her followers.
Important lesson: However, this ‘tragedy’ would prove to be the greatest gift, as the Madeleine learned an important lesson about beauty – namely that a person’s appearance is only a ‘small part’ of who he is
“Our ambitions get us out of bed in the morning and if you have the courage, determination, drive and willingness to work hard to make the dream come true, nothing can stop you … not even a bus. ‘
Madeleine encouraged her fans who were obsessed with Instagram ‘priming’ to call ‘BS’ about society’s impossible beauty standards.
She concluded, “The glass ceiling is yours for breaking, and in the end the most attractive feature you can possess is belief in yourself.”
Good vibes: “The most attractive quality you can possess is belief in yourself,” she said
Madeleine was hit by a bus in 2002 while waiting for a footpath off Oxford Street in Sydney.
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.
Madeleine was hit by a bus in 2002 while waiting for a footpath off Oxford Street in Sydney