- Elvita Adams, a 29-year-old single mother, jumped from the 86th floor of the Empire State Building in 1979 and survived
- Authorities believe 30 people have chosen to commit suicide by jumping from the building but Elvita is the only known survivor
- Elvita was pushed by the wind when she jumped and landed on a two-and-a-half-foot ledge on the 85th floor, where she was later rescued
On 2 December 1979, a 29-year-old lady by name Elvita Adams jumped from the Empire State Building’s 86th floor in what was an attempted suicide, but she survived the jump.
Authorities believe that around 30 people have at various times jumped from the 86th floor of the famous New York landmark.
Life had become extremely difficult for Elvita and her 10-year-old child as she had lost her job and was living off welfare checks which were not sufficient to pay her rent and take care of her son.
Elvita decided to end it all by jumping from the building but something unexpected happened as she leaped.
Whether by luck or by design, Elvita did not die that day.
Instead of falling to her death, the wind pushed Elvita onto a narrow ledge on the 85th floor of the building.
A security guard heard her on the ledge and pulled her in. She was subsequently admitted to Bellevue Hospital with a fractured pelvis.
It is believed that Elvita is the only person who has survived this type of suicide attempt.
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