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MANILA – Miss World 2013 Megan Young figured in an accident while visiting an orphanage in Port Au Prince, Haiti last Thursday.
According to an article published on the official site of Miss World, Young and Miss World chairman Julia Morley visited 78 children who were having their class on the second floor of the orphanage.
The children reportedly ran towards Young when they saw the beauty queen, which caused the floor to collapse. Morley and Young fell through the floor, which was eight to ten feet above the ground.
Young suffered minor bruises while Morley and the student were seriously injured. Morley, in particular, suffered a fracture in her hip area and was immediately brought to Miami for surgery.
Speaking to the staff of Miss World, Young said she heard a loud crack prior to the floor collapse.
"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. There were lots of kids under the decks still and we just instinctively held on,” she said.
Young said she is hoping for the quick recovery of Morley and the student who got injured.
"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," she said.
Meanwhile, Miss World Philippines director Cory Quirino told ABS-CBN News on Tuesday that she is now in touch with the Filipina beauty after the accident.
She said Young felt overwhelmed when some of the children ran towards her to protect her when the floor was already sliding.
Calling it the “Megan Magic,” Quirino said this just goes to show how the children in Haiti appreciate Young.