Model who lost leg awarded RM400,000

JULIANA Jaafar loved having her picture taken. She enjoyed it so much that by age 14, she wanted to be a model. 

She joined a modelling agency, did a few photo shoots and even appeared in a television drama. 

But her catwalk hopes have been dashed. 

Juliana, now 18, has had her left leg amputated. She was riding pillion during a motorcycle trip last year and was on her way back from Kuala Lumpur when it crashed.  

Now, she spends most of her time at her parents’ three-room flat in Teck Whye watching television, reading novels and helping her two younger brothers with their homework. 

The girl who loved swimming and dancing now moves around in a wheelchair. 

And her boyfriend of more than two years broke up with her after the accident on April 7 last year.  

She had gone to Malaysia with about a dozen friends. On their way home, the machine she was on went out of control in Utara Selatan, Pagoh, and slammed into the road divider. 

Last week, she was awarded more than S$200,000 (RM430,913) in damages after her lawyer, Leonard Loo, obtained an initial judgment that found the motorcyclist fully responsible for the accident. 

She had hoped for more but is satisfied with the sum. – The Straits Times/Asia News Network  

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