“He made me feel like he was the only person who truly loved me,” the woman said about her boyfriend but realized that she was completely wrong.
Trigger warning: Contains details that may be distressing to some
It was on the morning of July 17 when Georgia Brodrick called up her father in panic and fear, begging him to rescue her from the torture of her boyfriend. The 22-year-old dancer was having a heated argument with her boyfriend after she found out he had been cheating on her.
Georgia wanted nothing more than to escape the temper of her boyfriend, who had turned quite abusive in the time she was waiting for help. Even though Georgia’s dad was on the way, the abuse was so bad that she could wait no longer, and only see one way out. Overcome with fear for her life, Georgia jumped from the balcony from the eighth floor of the apartment building in Melbourne, according to The Sun.
Smashing into a fence and then falling into a ditch nearby, Georgia was left with extremely severe injuries, including a broken neck, leg, and back. After she was taken to the Alfred Hospital, the doctors believed that they were dealing with a 10 percent chance of her surviving. They put her in a medically induced coma before performing surgery.
“My dad didn’t make it before I jumped,” she told Daily Mail Australia. “…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.”
Although she was unconscious for seven days, is now in a wheelchair, and only time will tell whether she will be able to walk again, Georgia is glad that she is no longer controlled by her boyfriend.
When she spoke about the control and the manipulation her boyfriend put her through, she said, “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.”
Whatever the odds may be about her recovery, Georgia is still positive about what is in store for her and hopes that by Christmas, she will be on her feet and able to walk again. However, there is no assurance about whether she will be able to use her left arm like before. She said, “At the moment I can only wiggle my fingers a tiny bit.”
To help Georgia on her long road to recovery, a GoFundMe page was set up to help her with her therapy and other expenses. “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 a 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 a stable condition. She has had a lot of surgeries but she will still have a massive recovery ahead.”
For others who may be suffering the same kind of control and abuse that she did in her relationship, Georgia told the Daily Mail Australia that she had a message to share: “Please speak to a family member or a close friend that you trust, ask them for help and organise a plan to get out of the dangerous situation.”
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255