Floor collapses; Megan Young unhurt in Haiti

Miss World chairperson Julia Morley is badly injured and suffers from a significant fracture on her hip

BEFORE THE ACCIDENT. Miss World 2013 Megan Young laughing with the children from the orphanage just moments before the collapse. Photo from Miss World website

MANILA, Philippines – In a visit to an orphanage in Port Au Prince, Haiti, Miss World 2013 winner Megan Young and Julia Morley fell about 8 to 10 feet when the floor of the temporary building’s second story collapsed.

Around 20 of the 78 children being housed in the orphanage rushed towards Young when they saw her enter their classroom, causing the floor to collapse.

Miss World chairman Julia Morley was badly injured and was reported to be “in agony” after the fall. X-rays later revealed that she suffered from a significant fracture on her hip. She was airlifted to Miami for surgery which reportedly went well.

Jonathan, one of the students in the orphanage, also suffered from fractures while the rest of the children escaped with minor cuts and bruises.

The Miss Wold website reported that Young was “able to land on her feet,” escaping injury. The site also pointed out she was able to protect her crown despite the shock of the fall, making sure it would not be damaged.


SITE. The hole left in the ceiling after the collapse. Photo from Ms World website

Young is hopeful for Morley’s speedy recovery. “We just hope that Julia recovers from it as quickly as possibly and dear Jonathan – my thoughts are with them at this time,” Young told Miss World officials.

“It was a real eye opener and just shows how much work needs to be done in Haiti. I want to go back and continue with the work that we have started, and make sure nothing like this can happen again,” Young said. – Rappler.com

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