A 33-year-old woman, who wanted to try high rope swing activity at Kuala Kubu Bharu, suffered a misadventure when the rope snapped
In the mishap that happened over the weekend at the popular tourist destination, the woman broke her back after she smashed into a rock and fell into a river, New Straits Times reported tonight, 30 September.
The woman, identified as Siti Halijah Abd Rahim, has suffered a spinal fracture, according to her 31-year-old brother, Mohamad Yakub, who said that he and Siti Halijah were at the site for a weekend adventure.
"My sister's wish to experience a 'rope swing' has been achieved. However, Allah tested her with a spinal cord injury," Siti Halijah's younger brother was quoted as saying by Harian Metro tonight.
Prior to the incident, she had climbed a mountain in Negeri Sembilan
"On the day of the rope swing activity, she actually wanted to go first, but I told her that I should do it first and wait for her by the river," Mohamad Yakub said, adding that he went first and waited for her below.
"She was 10 metres up and we had a small chat before she jumped. When I turned to the spot where she was supposed to land, I heard a huge splash in the water."
According to the brother, their rope swing activity on Sunday, 27 September, was watched by other members of the family including their 57-year-old mother Noriah Yusuff.
Siti Halijah was rescued by a kayak officer who happened to be at the scene.
"When my sister was rescued, she was unconscious. They (the kayak crew) provided assistance by pumping her chest until she gained her consciousness. I am thankful because she is still alive and only God knows how scared and worried I was," Mohamad Yakub told Harian Metro.
It is understood that cable failure led to Siti Halijah's fall.
The woman was first taken to the Kuala Kubu Bharu Hospital and later referred to the Selayang Hospital where she underwent spinal surgery
The surgery was performed on Tuesday.
Mohamad Yakub said that he and his family will monitor Siti Halijah's development from time to time, including finding costs to cover for follow-up treatment.
"We don't want to blame the activity operator, and the family accepts this as God's will," he said, adding that the rope swing operator attended to the family's needs and took full responsibility for what happened.
Meanwhile, a senior citizen in Dengkil suddenly collapsed and died in the middle of the road in an incident on 29 September: