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Amy Schumer recalls near death surfing experience

Published 27/04/2016

Amy Schumer
Amy Schumer

Amy Schumer has a huge scar on her leg after having 41 stitches following a surfing accident when she was at high school.

Amy Schumer nearly died during a surfing accident when she was at high school.

The 34-year-old star has become a household name over the past few years, thanks to her TV show Inside Amy Schumer and critically-acclaimed film Trainwreck. But things could have been very different for Amy, as the comedian feared she would have to have her leg amputated after a horrific surfing injury.

"I have a pretty bad scar on my leg from surfing," she explained in newly released quotes from her Vanity Fair interview. "Forty-one stitches, three layers. I skegged myself. My whole fin went into my leg, and I had to yank it out. I was by myself."

Amy recalled that the incident occurred during the winter, meaning there was nobody around to help her. After she finally managed to limp her way back to the beach, she enlisted the help of a nearby man.

"I was like, 'I need you to hold my leg.' I was delegating," she said. "And he held my leg closed with his bare hands – just fat and blood coming out.

"I wish I knew who that guy was, because he saved my life, for sure. He had blue toenail polish and nail polish; he had long stringy hair. And I remember him being beautiful. Anyway, he held my leg closed."

Despite the dramatic nature of the injury, Amy did her best to remain light-hearted throughout. She continued: "People kept putting towels and towels on me. I was like, 'I’m not cold – there’s a hole in my leg.' I was making jokes. It took maybe 15 minutes for the ambulance to get there."

Once she realised that she wasn't going to lose her life through the accident, Amy feared that her leg would have to be amputated. If that had happened, she knew her life would take a very different turn.

"Now I’m going to have to go and be a speaker at high schools and, like, motivate people," Amy said she imagined at the time. "I was so annoyed about my life. I was just like, Ucchh. And then it was fine."

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