Olympic 100m hurdles champion Sally Pearson feared losing her left hand after suffering a horror injury at the Rome Diamond League event on June 4.
The Australian athlete's arm turned blue after what doctors described as a 'bone explosion'.
The 28-year-old, who won gold at London 2012, will miss August's World Championships in Beijing after undergoing surgery on the injury in Italy.
"I was terrified seeing my hand going in a different direction," she said.
"I thought they would have to amputate."
"I've never broken a bone, I've never had stitches or surgery before.
"Doing all of that in one, in a different country, was very traumatic.
"But I do put things into perspective and think I am very lucky with what happened. If it had been the ankle, it would be a completely different story."