Lorraine Kelly Returns To TV, Seven Weeks After Horse-Riding Accident

Posted: 16/04/2012 15:45 Updated: 16/04/2012 16:14   PA

Lorraine Kelly has returned to TV, seven weeks after a horse-riding accident, and told viewers: "It's good to be back."

She received "welcome back" messages from stars such as Justin Bieber, The Wanted and Ronan Keating as she hosted her ITV1 show once more.

The 52-year-old was in hospital for more than a week after falling from a horse and then being trampled by the animal. She had to undergo surgery for a deep wound on one of her thighs.

Resuming her TV role, she said she had now recovered, and was pleased her injuries had not been more extensive.

"I'm fine. I just keep telling myself 'You've got to look on the bright side'. I could have broken bones. It could have been so much worse," she said.

Lorraine had been training for a modern pentathlon for the charity Piggy Bank Kids at a riding school in Surrey. During only her second lesson for the riding discipline she fell from the saddle approaching a jump.

Recalling the accident today, Lorraine said: "You go into complete shock, it's only afterwards, when you're thinking about it, you think 'I was so lucky'.

"I lost three pints of blood on the scene, which was bad, but the hospital, St George's, was amazing and it was the NHS at its absolute finest, they really looked after me. But it was really scary."

Speaking on ITV1's Daybreak, Lorraine said she had not expected it to take so long to heal. "I've got a really, really bad scar and I'm quite glad that I'm my age and I'm not 18 because I think I would have been upset by that."

The incident has put her off trying to ride again. "I'll leave that to the experts. They're beautiful animals and I'll be watching them from afar," she said.

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