Tragedy struck in the Umuomaku community in the Orumba South Local Government Area of Anambra State on Monday when a 21-year – old woman was crushed to death while trying to save her father from falling from a tree .
While the father ’ s condition could not be ascertained as of press time , the deceased , Chinwendu Ike , was confirmed dead at a nearby hospital .
It was gathered that Chinwendu , who was nursing a three – month- old baby, was overwhelmed by the weight of her father , who fell from a pear tree in their compound .
The deceased ’ s mother , Franca Ike , said the victim was in the house when her father climbed the tree .
She said her daughter was attracted by the cry of her father for help as the tree branch he clung to broke off .
Franca stated, “I had warned my husband several times to stop climbing trees to no avail .
He was on the tree plucking pears when the branch he was standing on broke .
“ He fell on another branch and as he clung helplessly unto that one, he called for help .
My daughter, who heard the call , ran out to the backyard and met her father falling after he had slipped from the second branch .
“ As she stretched out her hands to catch her father , his head hit her on the chest .
“ She was confirmed dead in a nearby hospital a few hours ago . ”
The pear tree , our correspondent , gathered was immediately cut down by other members of the family.
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