Yazmin Oukhellou returned to work on Saturday as she filmed scenes for the latest series of long-running reality show The Only Way Is Essex, little more than a month after surviving a car accident that killed boyfriend Jake McLean.
The reality star, 31, was seen for the first time without her arm in a sling during a weekend away in Lincoln, where she was joined by co-stars Junaid Ahmed, Ella Rae Wise and Dani Imbert for a location shoot away from its traditional Brentwood setting.
Yazmin was a passenger in the vehicle which plunged 70ft off a cliff in Turkish port city Bodrum on July 3, leaving her with severe injuries – including a broken arm.
The crash took place at around 4.30am and investigators established that the car, driven by McLean, hurtled around 70 feet over a left turn bend and landed in a ravine almost 30 feet below.
Jake was pronounced dead at the scene while Yazmin was rushed to hospital, where she underwent treatment for her injured arm.
On the mend: Yazmin Oukhellou, 31, appeared in high spirits as she returned to TOWIE filming on Saturday… being seen for the first time without her arm in a sling following a horror car crash in Turkey on July 3
Emerging over the weekend, Yazmin looked pleased to be back at work as she stepped out in a light blue gym co-ord consisting of form fitting shorts and a complementing zip-up crop top.
She walked alongside TOWIE cast-mates Junaid Ahmed, Ella Rae Wise and Dani Imbert – as they appeared fresh from a gym session while filming in Lincoln.
And Yazmin appeared to be on the mend, as her arm had no visible aids holding it in place for the first time since the accident.
The group spent some time touring the city, stopping for lunch at TGI Fridays before picking up some food shopping to take back to their rented accommodation.
Two-piece: Yazmin donned a light blue gym co-ord for the outing, which consisted of form fitting shorts and a complementing zip-up crop top
Pals: Yazmin was joined by her TOWIE cast-mates Junaid Ahmed, Ella Rae Wise and Dani Imbert as they filmed in Lincoln
Yazmin was spotted stepping out last week with her arm still supported by a cast, as she recovered from the crash – which has left her with ‘permanent scarring’.
Jake and Yazmin were driving in a blue Mercedes E class saloon along a windy, mountainous road between the coastal city of Bodrum and the seaside town of Yalikavak as they returned from a night out.
She severed an artery and a nerve during the accident- with UK doctors warning that she may never have full use of her right arm again.
During the crash, the TV personality deliberately broke her trapped arm to escape the scene and rush for help – while partner Jake lay unconscious.
Working up a sweat: The group appeared fresh from a gym session, donning athleisure wear for the outing
Day out: The group stopped for a spot of lunch at TGI Fridays during the outing
Supplies: Before picking up some snacks from the shop and heading back to their rented accommodation for the trip
Steps: The outing appears to be a big step for the reality star, who has been keeping a low profile
Taking it easy: She held her phone with her right arm, which has been in a sling up until now, while her stronger left arm carried the shopping
Co-ordinated: Junaid went for an all black look for the outing as he carried a clutch bag to match his ensemble
Smiles: She shared a giggle with her pals as they made their way through the city, passing an ice cream van
Traumatic: It comes just weeks after the July 3 crash, in which Jake and Yazmin were driving in a blue Mercedes E class saloon along a windy, mountainous road between the coastal city of Bodrum and the seaside town of Yalikavak as they returned from a night out
With doctors telling her it’s a ‘miracle’ she’s still alive following her brush with the ‘notorious’ crash spot, Yazmin opened up to The Sun about the experience upon returning to the UK.
Admitting she is unable to sleep without her mother Lisa by her side following the ordeal, the traumatised star shared her inability to comprehend surviving when Jake did not.
She said: ‘I severed an artery and a nerve, that’s why I bled so much. The doctors called me an angel, a miracle, because it’s a notorious spot and people have never survived. Now I’m just wondering how the hell did my partner die while I’ve survived? It’s made me look at life totally differently.
Scary: Yazmin severed an artery and a nerve during the accident- with UK doctors warning that she may never have full use of her right arm again
Pressure situation: During the crash, the TV personality deliberately broke her trapped arm to escape the scene and rush for help – while partner Jake lay unconscious
Chilling out: She returned to the UK shortly after the crash, and has been staying at home with the aid of her mum
Yazmin continued: ‘I am definitely going to need therapy for a while, and I’m going to try some in-patient treatment too. I know this will live with me forever, I need to take it slowly.’
‘I could have been like Jake and not survived so I’m just very grateful and lucky that if that’s the worst case scenario, I will deal with it as best I can. The scarring that I have is awful so I will always have that as a reminder. But at least I’m still alive,’ she explained.
As she continues to recover from the terrifying experience, Yazmin told how her emotions are ‘very up and down’ as she processes the grief of losing Jake.
She detailed how she had lost relatives in the past, including her beloved Nan last year, but no one who she’s loved in an ‘intimate way’, admitting it’s ‘very difficult’.
Support system: But as she gets back into the swing of things, Yazmin is being supported by her TOWIE pals
Recovery: As she continues to recover from the terrifying experience, Yazmin told how her emotions are ‘very up and down’ as she processes the grief of losing Jake
The television personality had been on holiday with Jake in the resort of Bodrum where the terrifying incident took place, as the pair were currently ‘off’ but had taken the trip to reconcile.
But Yazmin now fears she may be banned from her boyfriend’s funeral over tensions with his family, as his mum, Anita Walsh, believes an argument between Jake and Yazmin could have contributed to the crash.
While the reality star denies reports of a bust up and claims the trip made things ‘perfect’ between her and Jake, an Assistant Prosecutor who cannot be named under Turkish Law told MailOnline on July 6: ‘We have spoken with Jake’s mother and she has told us that something was going on in the car that distracted him.
‘She does not believe that this accident was caused by his poor driving. She said that he is a very skilled and experienced driver and would not have lost control of the car like this.’
Prosecutors are investigating whether Jake was drink-driving, while the on-off couple argued outside a club at 3am, shortly before Sunday’s crash.
Shocking: Doctors have dubbed Yazmin an ‘angel’ after surviving the fatal crash
On and off: The television personality had been on holiday with Jake in the resort of Bodrum where the terrifying incident took place, as the pair were currently ‘off’ but had taken the trip to reconcile
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