A VOGUE model who miraculously survived after falling from a third floor window has taken her first steps six weeks after the “accident”.
Ksenia Puntus, 21, was found by a street cleaner in Moscow “groaning” and covered in blood on January 11, as she lay half-naked in - 2C temperatures.
The stunner, who has appeared in Russian Vogue and Tatler magazines, suffered head and chest injuries as well as broken ribs, legs and pelvis.
Now, six weeks after undergoing multiple surgeries and an extensive period in intensive care, Ms Puntus has posted a photo standing in hospital, saying: “All the difficulties are behind me.”
Thanking her doctors as well as family and friends, she said: “I could not physically get on my feet right after the operation.”
“Now I can - and the fun begins.”
The model showed how a special titanium external fixation device, which aided recovery of her pelvic fractures, had been removed.
She posted: “I’m freeeeeeeeee.”
Ms Puntus also added that her boyfriend Andrei Bakov, 20, had been her “strongest support”.
She said Mr Bakov - who is the grandson of renowned film director Nikita Mikhailov - was constantly beside her during her one-and-a-half months in hospital.
Ms Puntus had initially been unable to explain to detectives how she had fallen from the open window in Bakov’s flat, according to reports in Moscow.
She plummeted from the building shortly before she was due to leave for Paris on an assignment.
The cleaner who found her said: “It was about 4 am, I heard her sobbing and... saw the girl. She was sitting, crying…her leg was twisted unnaturally.”
He did not believe she was intoxicated, but she could only say her first name.
Fighting for her life, Ms Puntus was taken to a local hospital, where she remains six weeks on.
Friend and fellow Russian model Alesya Kafelnikova posted online claiming there had been foul play involved in the near-death fall.
Ms Kafaelnikova, 21, said that the model had attended a party before the terrifying episode.
Ms Kafaelnikova said: “Ksenia was not taking drugs, which means we and her family know that something wrong happened.”
She added: “But people who were at the party with her deny everything and insist they took her back home to her boyfriend.”
Ms Kafelnikova - daughter of Russian tennis star Yevgeny Kafelnikov – also claimed that Ms Puntus “was found undressed in the bushes not far from the block of flats where she allegedly fell.”
She predicted a campaign to “hide the truth” over the fall.
Ms Puntus later angrily denied the allegations.
She insisted there were no suspicious circumstances, and she had fallen while browsing her iPad on the window ledge after drinking wine.
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The model said: “The whole incident is an absurd accident that will serve as a huge lesson for the rest of my life.”
She also denied she had been attacked or hidden in bushes under the window, and dismissed reports that she suffered memory loss over the incident.
Ms Puntus hit out at “all that Alesya managed to invent in her posts”, insisting "there can be no question of any unlawful actions against me”.
Police launched a criminal probe into the plunge in January, but the model insists the incident is now “completely closed”.
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