Namibia: Woman Survives Seven-Storey Fall in City Centre

A YOUNG woman is in critical condition after surviving a fall from the 7th floor of Freedom Plaza building in Windhoek city centre on Saturday night in what police suspect to be a suicide attempt.

The 26-year-old woman, only identified as 'Mila', was rushed to the hospital in an ambulance at around 22h00.

Police spokesperson deputy commissioner Edwin Kanguatjivi confirmed the incident yesterday.

"She jumped off the building wanting to commit suicide but she did not die and was admitted to hospital with multiple injuries," he said, adding that he could not provide more details.

The victim is said to have been visiting a friend who lives on the 7th floor of the building.

Anti-crime activist Sean Naude, who was among the first responders at the scene, yesterday told The Namibian that the events leading to the woman jumping off the building remain unknown.

Naude said the woman landed on a wooden bench, which he believes absorbed her fall and saved her life.

"She landed on a wooden bench, which broke and absorbed the impact of her fall. Had she hit the solid concert floor, she would have died, but she hit the bench then fell forward and ended up leaning over which kept the air passages open. Had she fallen on her back or her head, she would not have made it," he said.

Naude said emergency services vehicles rushed to the scene and E-Med Rescue 24 was first on the scene.

"We were six emergency services vehicles on the scene. The paramedics spent two hours treating her for multiple injuries on the scene," he said.

"Once she was stabilised, we transported her to the Katutura Intermediate Hospital where she was admitted. The fact that she survived that fall is incredible," said Naude.

He said the victim sustained head trauma, serious internal bleeding, and badly broke her arm.

Naude said the victim was still in the intensive care unit. The police are investigating the case.

The suspected suicide attempt comes two days after the World Mental Health Day was celebrated on Thursday, 10 October.

The day is dedicated towards global mental health awareness and advocacy.

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