Miss World in Haiti orphanage accident: She falls 3m in building collapse

Miss World in Haiti orphanage accident: She falls 3m in building collapse
Miss World 2013 contestants Megan Young (left) with Miss Maria-Anna Zenieris.

She was one of the first to learn about the shocking accident that happened in Haiti last week.

Miss World Singapore 2013 Maria-Anna Zenieris had received a text message from her good friend — reigning Miss World, Filipino Megan Young.

The news was startling.

Last Thursday, Miss Young, 23 and Miss World’s British CEO Julia Morley, 74, suffered a serious fall at an orphanage in Port Au Prince, Haiti.

The second floor of the building had collapsed and both women fell about 3m.

They were also hit by falling debris.

While Miss Young managed to break her fall and even kept her crown intact, Ms Morley had to be airlifted to Miami, US, for emergency surgery.

Miss Zenieris, an 18-year-old United World College graduate, told The New Paper: “Megan had messaged me and told me that there was an accident and thank god she wasn’t hurt.

“Of course I was worried.

“Julia was injured and I hope she has a safe recovery.

“Megan said that tragedies happen, (but luckily) no one was seriously hurt.”

Crash

Miss Young and Ms Morley had visited a classroom in an orphanage that housed 78 children in temporary premises.

When the group arrived, about 20 children rushed to meet them, excited at seeing the beauty queen with her crown.

That caused the floor to cave beneath their weight.

A young boy, only identified as Jonathan, suffered a leg fracture.

The other kids escaped with minor cuts and bruises.

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