"Lucky to be alive" as gifted university student hit by chair from 12th floor balcony in America's New York leaving half her skull missing

A woman survived a horrifying freak accident that left her skull caving in when a chair fell on her from the 12th floor of a penthouse in Manhattan, New York.

24-year-old Annabel Sen, 24 was going out to lunch with her boyfriend during a busy New York afternoon when the life-changing accident happened.

The Manhattan Supreme Court heard yesterday that the “gifted” university student had to have “two brain surgeries” after a “heavy wooden lounge chair…fell from the terrace of the 12-floor penthouse” and struck her.

The chair had been blown over the balcony by the windy weather during that day and had fallen through the air striking the victim.

The Union Square West penthouse in which the chair fell from is owned by Philadelphia 76ers and New Jersey Devils co-owner Michael Rubin.

The university student suffered “severe, life-threatening, traumatic brain injury”.

These were the claims in the filed lawsuit which said that Miss Sen – who had moved from Connecticut to New York to pursue her Masters Degree in the autumn – was “lucky to be alive” after the tragic incident.

Attorney Benedict Morelli said his client suffered cognitive deficits following the incident and is currently “seeing doctors and recuperating”.

He said “we are hoping she gets back all her faculties”, adding Sen is “very damaged but she is not dead”.

The lawsuit also states that the penthouse owners should have strapped the outdoor furniture down.

However, Rubin’s spokesperson said he has never lived in the apartment and it was rented out when the incident occurred.

Sen has been forced to leave her job at a private equity firm and is taking legal action against the penthouse owner for negligence, squaring the blame on the building management company and residents.

Morelli said it is currently unclear if his client will “regain enough” of her faculties to live a “productive life” as she awaits further testing.



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