The star had been enjoying a sun-soaked break in the Turks & Caicos Islands when she hurt herself "trying to save a bird" and was taken by plane to a hospital in Miami for treatment.

Brinkley shared pictures of a black eye and a nasty cut to her face, and revealed she underwent a series of scans as well as stitches to treat the wound.

In a caption posted on on Sunday (06Apr15), she writes, "We interrupt this holiday to take a little unplanned excursion to Miami for CAT scans and stitches following an accident trying to save a bird. My grateful heartfelt thanks go out to our wonderful Parrot Cay family who got me to the boat and plane, and my friends in Miami who found my A Team at University of Miami Hospital led by Dr Askari and his professional caring and adorable team... #grateful #thankful #itcouldhavebeenworse!"

She later posted a snap of a beach scene and revealed she was back in the Parrot Cay resort, adding, "I'm back in Parrot Cay and is it my imagination (or the bump on my head?) that has me seeing the clouds as B A E (before anything else) which is reserved for very special sweet people like all of you who wrote such kind well wishes..."