Man breaks legs trying to catch maid who fell 14 storeys

Man breaks legs trying to catch maid who fell 14 storeys

SINGAPORE - He is a cleaning supervisor from Malaysia. She was an Indonesian maid.

As foreigners working at Tanamera Crest condominium, they had smiled at each other and spoken briefly.

Then, on July 10, she fell into his arms in the worst way imaginable - she had plunged from the 14th storey and he had tried to catch her.

Though Mr Rozaimi Zainal (above), 36, managed to get his outstretched arms to her plummeting body, the impact sent him sprawling to the ground, shattering the bones in his left leg.

He was then pinned down by her lifeless body, unable to move until he was rescued.

When The New Paper visited Mr Rozaimi at Changi General Hospital (CGH) on Wednesday evening, he recalled the horrific incident.

He was at ground level when he saw the maid, who was working for a resident in the condominium at 6, Pari Dedap Walk, standing on a ledge at the highest floor of a block.

"She was standing there and she looked scared," he said.

"I shouted up at her, 'Don't jump! Don't jump!' Then she lay down on the ledge and rolled off."

He stretched out his arms and her body landed on them. He said: "Her head was on my left arm and her legs on my right. But I couldn't save her."

A spokesman for the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said it received a call at 4.10pm on July 10 about the incident and sent an ambulance, which took the injured Mr Rozaimi to CGH.

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