Chilean President met "Haitian Hero" who saved woman trying to commit suicide by jumping from 9th floor building
Posted by hougansydney.com on Saturday, November 25, 2017 Under: Diaspora
The President of Chile, Michelle Bachelet, received on Wednesday in La Moneda, the seat of the presidency of Chile, Richard Joseph, the Haitian national who has transformed since last Sunday into a "hero" after saving the life of a woman who was trying to commit suicide by throwing herself from the ninth floor of a building in the municipality of Independencia, when Joseph somehow miraculously caught her as she came down.
Besides Richard Joseph, resident in Chile for three years, the mayor of Independencia, Gonzalo Durán, and some friends of the hero of the day were also present at the meeting. President Bachelet said that her meeting with the Haitian man of 40 years old was to "recognize his heroic act, because it is an example of solidarity and dedication."
"Richard gave us an example. Instead of remaining indifferent, he wanted to get involved and act to help, "said the Chilean President, stressing the need to cooperate with people from other countries. "Only then can we make our dreams progress." "The current country, between Chileans and immigrants, will be the future in which we live," Bachelet said.
Saving the woman who jumped from her window from a height of about 25 meters, Richard Joseph, who served as a buffer, has done rather well. Unlike the Chilean whose condition remains serious and who is hospitalized in a hospital in Santiago.
After the rescue, Richard Joseph himself was hospitalized and must now wear an orthopedic boot, but the philanthropist Leonardo Farkas offered the amount of treatment. Indeed, the businessman donated 2 million Chilean pesos, equivalent to three thousand US dollars.
Las Condes orthopedic and trauma specialist Luis Shinapp told a Chilean media that the migrant nearly died, suffering a serious head injury, injuries to the dorsal cervical spine and other fractures .
Richard must observe ten days of rest after his leg injury, which is a lesser evil, given the scale of the incident. In fact, experts quoted by the Chilean media suggest that the speed of the crash is similar to that of a 75-kilometer-hour vehicle collision.
Following its reception by the Chilean president, the municipality of Independencia will pay tribute to Richard Joseph next Tuesday and pay for the rehabilitation of his leg. For this compatriot who only thought of helping a neighbor, it is almost a fairy tale.
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