Katie Maloney-Schwartz Shares More Details About the Near-Death Accident That Changed Her Life

Katie Maloney-Schwartz Shares More Details About the Near-Death Accident That Changed Her Life

The Vanderpump Rules SURver details the night that left her with a brain injury and a new outlook on life.

By Jocelyn Vena
Katie's Inspirational Journey to Self-Love

Katie Maloney-Schwartz has been quite open this past season of Vanderpump Rules about her near-death accident from several years back that forever changed her life. And on a recent appearance on The Doctors, the SURver shared even more details about the night that left her with a broken jaw, broken collarbone, multiple broken ribs, and a brain injury after she fell 25 feet through a skylight back in November 2009.

On The Doctors, she revealed that the incident took place after she and some friends took a bottle of wine up to the roof to take some pictures. She admits she was already feeling buzzed before they changed locations. "We sit down on this massive skylight and we're taking some selfies and then I felt it sort of dip in a little bit. Seconds later, it broke," she recalled about the accident. Katie's friend also plunged from the roof and hit a staircase and the handrail as she fell.

Katie admits that the physical injuries have been easier to recover from, and she has since healed from them, with just a scar on her face. "Up here [in my head] has been harder to heal. I was so happy and grateful that I survived with just minor injuries," she said. "Even though it was scary at times, life is really awesome and really short. So tell the people in your life that you love them, do what makes you happy. Live a full and complete life."

During Season 6 of Vanderpump Rules, Katie discussed how the accident changed her life, both during the season and later during the Season 6 reunion (clip above).

Katie also discussed the injury a bit more in an interview with Decider earlier this year, sharing just where she stands today on the matter: "I felt it change me. And it changed me in a lot of positive ways, but also there were some other parts I couldn’t quite get my head around and I just didn’t feel like myself for a long time. It was hard working through that on my own, maintaining a positive body image, a healthy body image in my mind. But I’m happier today, so that’s all that matters."

Check out photos of Katie through the years, below.

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