Stacey Gwilliam, from Swansea, was left for dead by her partner Keith Hughes. He had buried her on the Swansea Bay coastal path between Bracelet Bay and Langland Bay in July last year.
She told Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid on Good Morning Britain that she used her fingernails to get out. The brave 34-year-old said:
“I came round and there were branches and shrubs put on top of me. I could hear my heart beating and I could hear the sound of the sea in the background.
“It was like everything was in slow motion. All I could see were blurs of green and brown. “I couldn’t breathe, I couldn’t move. It was like I was paralysed. Continue…
“It was awful really. Trying to get your head together to work out what was going on around you. I tried to get up, but couldn’t. I had to use my nails to get out of where I was. That was all I could do. I tried to push but I didn’t have the upper strength.”
When she finally got to safety at a nearby golf range car park Stacey was put in an induced coma.
She had to spend 26 days in hospital, 14 of them in an induced coma and she still has difficulty eating and speaking. The attacks were so serious they left her walking with a stick.
When police arrested Hughes he told them: “You’ll never find her” but was shocked to be told: “She’s alive”.
Bodybuilder Hughes was jailed for life at Swansea Crown Court in December last year for the attack – but is eligible to apply for parole in just eight years.