Married At First Sight‘s Bel Clarke suffered a traumatic brain injury following a freak accident in July.
And heartbreaking footage shows the devastating aftermath of the reality star’s, 28, accident which has left her using a walking frame.
In the video, Bel, who starred in the New Zealand version of the reality series, holds onto her walking frame while she explains how she uses the seat compartment to store her groceries.
Devastating: Heartbreaking footage shows the devastating aftermath of Married At First Sight star Bel Clarke’s (pictured) freak accident while walking her dog
The 28-year-old’s speech is slurry as she sits on her walking frame while her pet dog Millie plays in the background.
Bel was left unable to walk or pour herself a cup of coffee after suffering a traumatic brain injury.
On July 19, Bel decided to take her dog Millie for a walk before heading to the airport to pick up her mother.
During the walk, Millie ran underneath Bel’s legs, causing her to lose her balance and fall backwards onto a concrete footpath.
Aftermath: In the video, Bel holds onto her walking frame while she takes her dog Millie for a walk
Tragic: Bel (pictured) is unable to walk after suffering a traumatic brain injury following a freak accident
‘I just remember getting up and running, going “Where am I? I don’t know where I am or who I am or what happened”,’ she told Stuff.com.nz.
Bel managed to walk herself back home, but said it felt like someone was repeatedly ‘bashing’ her on the brain.
The reality star then drove to the airport to pick up her mother, but blacked out several times during the drive.
Accident: In July, she went on a walk with her dog Millie, but the dog ran underneath Bel’s legs, causing her to lose her balance and fall backwards onto a concrete footpath
What is a concussion?
A concussion is a ‘traumatic brain injury (TBI)’ that affects the brain function. It can occur after an impact to the head.
According to the Mayo Clinic, the effects of a concussion include ‘headaches and problems with concentration, memory, balance and coordination’.
Falls are the most common cause but concussions can also occur if you play a contact sport, such as football or soccer.
Symptoms of a concussion include: Headache, nausea, fatigue, blurry vision, slurred speech and dazed appearance
Later that day, she went on to hospital and doctors diagnosed her with concussion, before sending her home to rest.
‘If I could describe it, it would be my brain is coming out of my eyes and my ears, and I was just screaming in pain. I have endometriosis which is really bad, I thought I’d experienced bad pain, and I have not,’ she said.
A few days later, her family rushed her back to hospital and doctors revealed she’d experienced a traumatic brain injury.
Brain Injury: Bel’s speech is now slurry, she uses a walking frame, and she’s also coping with memory loss and chronic migraines
Bel’s speech is now slurry, she uses a walking frame, and she’s also coping with memory loss and chronic migraines.
The blonde beauty rose to fame as a contestant on season one of New Zealand’s Married At First Sight series in 2017.
She married Haydn Daniels but the pair called it quits before the season finale.
TV appearance: Bel rose to fame as a contestant on season one of New Zealand’s Married At First Sight series in 2017
History: She married Haydn Daniels (pictured) but the pair called it quits before the season finale