Miss World and Chaperon Falls at Haitian Orphanage

During a world tour, which included a stop in Haiti, Julia Morley, CEO of the Miss World pageant, sustained a serious injury while visiting a children's orphanage in Port-au-Prince.


Accompanying Meagan Young, Miss World of 2013, Morley visited a classroom located on the second floor of a makeshift building, erected after the 2010 earthquake destroyed the old one. The children's excitement overtook them, when they saw Miss World in her tiara. They suddenly surged toward her, causing the floor to give way. Morley and one of the young boys crashed through the floor, falling eight to ten feet before hitting the ground level. Debris rained down on them after they landed. Morley broke her hip and the boy suffered a leg fracture. Miss World, who was able to land on her feet, and the rest of the children were unharmed, or suffered only minor cuts and bruises.

Morley was wheeled onto Air Ambulance emergency transport for an overnight flight to Miami. At Jackson Memorial Hospital, she underwent surgery for five and a half hours, in which surgeons fused her hip back into place.

The unfortunate accident illustrates the kind of negligence that characterizes the Haitian construction trades. Whether through using inferior materials, or questionable engineering methods--or both--they built an unsound facility to house children in. When is the government going to get its act together, and start passing stronger regulatory standards to impose upon the construction industry?

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