Georgia Brodrick, a 22-year-old dancer, was having a heated argument with her boyfriend after discovering he had been cheating on her.
The young woman wanted nothing more than to escape her boyfriend's temper, who was quite abusive when she was waiting for help. She called her father, but things got so bad that she did the unthinkable.
She jumped from the balcony from the eighth floor of the apartment building in Melbourne. Georgia was ready to end her life.
Somehow, Georgia survived
Though it's not something we see every day, it wasn't her time to leave. The dancer was left with extremely severe injuries, including a broken neck, leg, and back. She was in a medically induced coma, with a 10 percent chance of survival. Luckily, her young body and thirst for freedom beat the odds.
Georgia Brodrick gave a statement: "I was rushed to the Alfred Hospital where they put me in an induced coma and performed emergency surgery to my left arm as it was partially amputated." Despite the injuries, she says she is grateful she is no longer controlled by her now ex.
"If I tried to leave him, he would sit at the front door and wouldn't let me out of the apartment. My family tried to warn me because they could see through his manipulation, so he constantly put them down and blamed them for my insecurities. He made me feel like he was the only person who truly loved me... I am safe with my family and am getting the help I need."
She may never walk again nor use her left hand. But escaping the abuser kept this brave lady from what seems like certain death.
The powerful message
Georgia's friends set a GoFundMe page to help her with surgeries. Her page says: "Our beloved Georgia tried to take her own life the other week by jumping off an 8-story balcony, she ended up in a critical condition and was put in an induced coma," the fundraising page said. "She is now out and needs out our support more than ever. She's fighting so hard and is now in stable condition. She has had a lot of surgeries, but she will still have a massive recovery ahead."
People are doing their part, and so is Georgia, despite all the injuries.
She finished talking to the Australian press as she shared a message to all people who suffer abuse. Georgia said: "Please speak to a family member or a close friend that you trust, ask them for help and organize a plan to get out of the dangerous situation."
We know that suicide is never the answer, but it seems like the only way out for many victims. It's our duty to raise the awareness that a victim can be any one of us. While Georgia Brodrick is one of many, her story is powerful, not only because she survived. She may be in a wheelchair now, but she's free from her abuser.