Last week, Katie Price explained she is now classed as disabled after breaking both of her feet.
The 42-year-old claimed “I’m crippled and scarred for life” and she’s “living a nightmare” as it impacts simple tasks in everyday life.
She fell off a 25-foot wall and landed on a concrete ramp on holiday in Turkey in July last year. This was on her first romantic holiday with her Love Island boyfriend Carl Woods, 31.
She now spends most of her time in a wheelchair and has been told she will never walk more than 20 minutes a day and can’t wear heels again.
“I will never be the same, I’ve had to accept that, but I’m staying positive. The accident has changed my life and it’s only just sunk in if I’m honest.
“I’ve been given two sets of painkillers but I can’t take them because I’m scared of becoming addicted, so I’m just in constant pain. It feels like you’re being electrocuted — like shocks of lightning shooting up my feet all day.
“I’ve got a limp when I walk now as one leg is longer than the other because of all the metal in the foot — I waddle like a duck. It does make me feel a bit paranoid. It’s just one thing after another… I know — every day is a nightmare at the moment in the life of the Pricey.”
She now qualifies for a blue badge where she can park in disabled car spaces close to shops. She explained to The Sun: “I’m registered disabled and have got letters from the doctors to certify me for a blue badge, which I’ve sent off for.
“I have to park near the entrances to shops all the time, otherwise it would cripple me to walk from the back of a car park to a shop and back again. I can’t carry anything from the shops either or even walk up the stairs with anything. The heavier items, the more it hurts my feet.
“I’m lucky to be alive and to be able to walk a short distance — but it gets frustrating. Emotionally it is very hard as I want to do things like run, walk a bit longer and stuff but I can’t.”
Despite the accident, she is now working on a TV series, where she is training to become a Volunteer Emergency Responder in a six-day crash course. This has caused much confusion amongst social media users who cannot understand how she can work as a Paramedic after recently claiming to be disabled.
Katie has wanted to become a paramedic since 2017. In 2019, she signed up for a 5-year course but these plans are currently on hold.
The training she will undertake will not mean she will be an official paramedic, but she will be able to work alongside UK ambulance trusts.
This is where volunteers work shifts beside paramedics and can attend 999 incidents. However, she will not be able to deal with maternity, mental health calls and paediatrics under eight years old.
A source explained to The Sun Online: “It’ll be along the lines of Emma Willis’s show, Delivering Babies. Katie will learn all the real-life skills she needs and they won’t go easy on her because she’s a celebrity.”
“It’s something Katie’s wanted to do for years and she’s really looking forward to filming next month.”