Woman who falls down lift shaft looks forward to new life

Woman who falls down lift shaft looks forward to new life

Five months ago, she suffered a horrific accident, plunging four storeys down a lift shaft.

Now, not only is she on her way to a full recovery, she is getting married in March.

Dr Hannah Tan, 29, a Filipino doctor, was here for a conference in July and had put up at a hostel here.

In the middle of the night, she was on her way to the toilet when she stepped into the lift shaft instead.

She fell from the fifth storey to the roof of the lift, which was parked on the first storey.

She fractured four of her ribs and broke bones in her left foot. There were lacerations to her feet, head and mouth, and she had to be stitched up.

Dr Tan says in a message over Facebook: "I do not think of the accident as a bad experience. I survived a four-storey fall with minor injuries.

"I fell in love with Singapore, not in spite of the accident but because of it... We met many wonderful people whom we consider good friends."

After Dr Tan's fall, members of the Agape Baptist Church stepped forward to support Dr Tan and her mother. Two church members even let the duo stay in their condo unit.

There, Dr Tan recuperated until she was well enough to fly home in September.

While she was recuperating, her boyfriend, Mr Zuriel Bernardino, 28, flew over. He then surprised her with a wedding proposal at the Gardens by the Bay.

The couple met seven years ago at a conference for Christian medical students, but started dating only last year.

Mr Bernardino, a church pastor, had arranged for six children to present Dr Tan with flowers, chocolates, balloons and other gifts.

He also sang the Ronan Keating song When You Say Nothing At All, accompanied by a guitarist, and presented Dr Tan with a diamond ring.

They are now planning their wedding, which will take place on Boracay Island in March.

Says Mr Bernardino: "I am so in love with this strong, passionate, and confident young woman, who is paying the miracle she received forward by helping others get well every day."

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