Victoria's Secret model in coma after head, spinal injuries

Yfke Sturm during 10th Victoria's Secret Fashion Show - Runway at The New York State Armory in New York City, New York, United States. (Getty images)

Dutch supermodel, Yfke Sturm, 33, was on holiday on the Italian island of Ischia and is now fighting for her life following a dramatic jet surf accident.

London-based model is fighting for her life after horror jet surf accident leaves her in a coma with a fractured skull and severe spinal injuries.

Tragically the accident comes just one month after the 33-year-old gave birth to her first child, a son named Alexander.

Yfke Sturm Wearing Chado Ralph Rucci Spring 2005 during Olympus Fashion Week Spring 2005 - Chado Ralph Rucci - Runway at Plaza Tent, Bryant Park in New York City, New York, United States. (Getty)

She is understood to have fallen off a jet surf - a kind of motorised surfboard - and was attempting to swim to safety when another jet surf rider approached at speed and struck her.

Italian Coast Guard immediately rescued her from the water, after which she was airlifted to a regional polyclinic in Naples, where doctors are treating her.

Ms Sturm is believed to be at serious risk of permanent paralysis due to the serious injuries to her spinal cord.

Ms Sturm has walked the catwalk for huge international brands such as Victoria's Secret, Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Marc Jacobs, Dior, Saint Laurent, Chanel and Valentino, and has appeared on a number of Dutch television shows, including hosting Holland's Next Top Model.

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