Megan Young unhurt in Haiti orphanage accident-A A +A
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
MISS World 2013 Megan Young escaped injuries in an accident while visiting an orphanage in Haiti last week while the pageant's chairman, Julia Morley, suffered a fractured hip.
In a press statement released on Tuesday, the Miss World Organization said Morley and one of the children, Jonathan, suffered fractures after falling eight to 10 feet when the wooden floor collapsed.
Young, the first Filipina to win the title, escaped unhurt and was supposedly seen holding on to her crown as the floor collapsed around her.
"Nothing like that has really happened to me before. It was such a shock. I felt like a deer in the headlights. I didn't really know what had happened or what to do. We had all fallen down, but I was still on my feet. I had the crown in one hand and the other hand instinctively holding up one of the decks in place with two people," Young said as he recalled the October 31 incident.
"There were lots of kids under the decks still and we just instinctively held on. It was such a scary situation for me. It makes you realize there is so much more that should be done for these kids. It's not the only orphanage out here in Port au Prince, and I am sure others are in a similar state," she added.
Jonathan suffered a leg fracture and was treated at the local Medishare hospital while Morley is now recovering at the Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, after surgeons completed an almost six-hour operation on her hip.
"We just hope that Julia recovers from it as quickly as possible and dear Jonathan. My thoughts are with them at this time. 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.
Young will be in New York on November 19 to 20 for fundraising events for Haiti. (Sunnex)