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in the saddle Yvonne Connolly reveals how daughter Ali helped her 'get back on the horse' after freak accident

The 47-year-old told how it took a year for her to recover after she was left with three plates in her face and nearly lost an eye

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Yvonne Connelly with partner John Conroy

Yvonne Connelly with partner John Conroy

Yvonne Connelly with partner John Conroy

Yvonne Connolly has revealed how her daughter Ali helped her “get back on the horse” after a freak accident last year left her with a broken arm and serious injuries to her face. 

The former model’s life was turned upside down when she was kicked by a horse in November 2019.

The 47-year-old told how it took a year and “extensive surgery” for her to recover after she was left with three plates in her face and nearly lost an eye.

Yvonne shares son Jack, 22, and daughters Missy, 20, and Ali, 15, with her ex-husband Ronan Keating and it was with the support of her youngest that she was able to return to horse riding after the accident

Yvonne told RSVP Magazine: “My youngest daughter Ali is really strong and she encouraged me to get back on the horse which was great and really therapeutic for me.

“My older kids, who aren’t into horses, were a little more nervous about me riding again. I think they know how much it means to me though and they gave me their blessing to start again.”

“That made me quickly forget about it. A year later, you get used to looking at yourself again.”

She also said her long-term partner John Conroy had helped her laugh over the past year.

“It was so bad we just had to laugh. As well as that it was the first time in our relationship where we had a full year together,” she said.

“Even though there was my accident and Covid – two negative things – I had a beautiful time with John and my family so those were the positives.”

“Something I’ve learned with friends and people around you, it’s about quality not quantity,” she confessed.

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“I was surrounded by very good people, a great family who are so supportive and people who instil confidence.”

“I went out for dinner not long after the accident and I had clear plastic healing patches over the scars.”

“With the heat of the restaurant they started to peel and fall down and my friend said, ‘I’m having dinner with Mrs Doubtfire! It was things like that I needed.”

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