Vicki Gunvalson’s terrifying ATV accident forever changed how she views her relationships on the Real Housewives of Orange County.
The near-fatal accident was featured on the latest installment of RHOC, and none of Gunvalson’s co-stars were there to help her out.
“Don’t forget to watch tonight’s episode,” Gunvalson told fans on Instagram. “Puts life in perspective. I’m so grateful we are alive and not permanently injured.”
According to Radar Online, Gunvalson was with Tamra Judge and Kelly Dodd when their dune buggy flipped. The women were airlifted to a hospital in Palm Springs after camera crews called emergency services.
After the latest episode of RHOC aired, Gunvalson reflected on the accident in her official Bravo blog.
“When I watched it along just like all of you did, I realized there were so many things that I was unaware of that were happening because I was so ‘out of it,'” she wrote. “We are so fortunate, so blessed and so grateful it wasn’t worse than it was.”
All three women were wearing helmets, though Dodd’s flew off in the middle of the wreck.
For Gunvalson, she doesn’t really remember what happened during the crash, though she still recalls what it felt like when the ATV flipped.
“When we went over the top of the dune, it appears that the wheels hit the sand dune sideways and then ended up rolling over and down the hill. I just remember sand flying in my face, loud, crunching of metal and all of us screaming and then I had immediate pain in my back and neck,” she stated. “I felt it was happening in slow motion, and thought we were never going to stop rolling.”
Gunvalson’s memory faded in the moments after the accident. In fact, she doesn’t remember going into the helicopter or being treated by the medical staff.
While Vicki Gunvalson doesn’t remember much about the crash, Heather Dubrow was quick to charge of the situation.
— Perez Hilton (@PerezHilton) September 6, 2016
According to People, Dubrow helped access the situation and make sure that nobody was seriously hurt.
At the same time Judge, who was driving the ATV when it flipped, expressed her regret with how things turned out.
“I’ve never been so scared in my life,” she told fans on social media. “I have an overwhelming amount of guilt and just happy that the 4 of us are alive.”
Reality Tea is reporting that the Gunvalson believes the experience bonded her together with Judge, Dodd, and Dubrow.
“I believe the four of us have a forever bond because of this near death experience and realize at any moment in time one of us can be taken from another,” she explained. “I am grateful for my friends and realize how much they all mean to me. Although I was alone heading to the hospital in the helicopter, I knew they were there in spirit.”
Fortunately, none of the women sustained serious injuries.
Gunvalson was released a few hours after arriving at the hospital. She was diagnosed as having a severe concussion with a neck injury.
“I had to take a car service home from the hospital all by myself, late at night with no shoes, no purse and nothing on but hospital scrubs and hospital socks,” she said. “Not exactly what I had expected when my friends were so close by.”
I would have gone from SF to Palm Springs and held a vigil outside Vicki's hospital if someone had just called me, jeez #RHOC
— Greg Bennett (@GreggyBennett) September 7, 2016
Meanwhile, Reality Tea reports that Gunvalson also slammed Meghan King Edmonds for not offering enough compassion after the accident.
That being said, Edmonds has since defended her actions and revealed that she would have visited Gunvalson in the hospital if her stay hadn’t been so brief.
Fans can watch new episodes of the Real Housewives of Orange County Monday nights on Bravo.
Tell us! If you were Meghan King Edmonds would you have visited Vicki Gunvalson in the hospital? Let us know in the comments and listen to Kelly Dodd relive the incident in the video below.
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