The Only Way Is Essex star Clelia Theodorou has made huge progress in her recovery from a horror accident.
The former reality television personality, 28, was involved in a serious car crash in May, that killed her mother Gill and left her in a wheelchair with broken legs and feet.
Clelia was pregnant at the time and fortunately welcomed her baby daughter Cielo, who she often sweetly calls CiCi, four months later.
Now, she’s updated her Instagram followers with how she’s coping and shared her joy at having a ‘milestone moment.’
‘Finally able to stand up and take a few steps at home.. it’s very hard, it’s so painful but I have to push through it and it’s a big step (literally) forward🤞🏼,’ she began.
Clelia posted a mirror selfie to accompany the health update and in the photo she was using a zimmer frame for support.
‘I’m still waiting for my next operation to have the metalwork in my feet removed, when that is done I’ll be able to start physio & learn to walk properly again,’ she continued.
‘As difficult as it all is, I’m so pleased I’m able to do just a little bit more for Cici and at home 🖤.’
Her partner Tom Cole heaped praise on Clelia for how she was dealing with the difficulties.
‘My Big Princess 👸,’ he wrote.
‘Every day you’re doing more and more and Cici is the luckiest little girl to have you as her Mummy, she loves you so much x.’
TOWIE castmates also flooded the comments with their support for their former colleague.
‘Amazing darling xxx,’ wrote Amy Childs.
Nicole Bass added: ‘Proud of you, you are a true inspiration & warrior! Love you lots ♥️.’
Her close friend Olivia Attwood described Clelia as the ‘strongest person I know.’
Clelia originally bravely posted about the outcome of the crash in July.
‘I am continuing to heal from my terrible injuries after weeks in hospital but it’s with the biggest regret to say that my beautiful Mum couldn’t heal from hers,’ the post read.
‘The person I never, ever wanted to say goodbye too. Who loved me unconditionally, the pure definition of a mother’s love.’
She added: ‘My heart will never heal from this, life will never ever be the same.
‘It just doesn’t feel real and it never will, I just want my mum back.’
The brave star has since had multiple surgeries and has described the process of recovery as ‘long and slow’.
‘It’s a long, slow process but I’m getting there,’ she wrote in August.
‘I still have another surgery to get through and there have been hard some pushbacks, unforeseen delays, and a lot of pain along the way but the main thing is our little baby is battling through it with me, keeping me going each day, making me more determined and giving me so much strength, more than I ever I thought I would have in a situation as difficult as this.’
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