A textile worker who claims to have heroically saved her factory from an explosion failed yesterday to persuade judges to award her $3 million in compensation to pay off loansharks. Cheng Lai-kwan, 46, says she has been left destitute, deserted and suicidal by injuries she suffered battling the flames. 'Sometimes the pain was so much I really wanted to jump out of the window,' she told the Court of Appeal. Ms Cheng said fellow workers had told her that if she failed to get compensation, the next time there was a factory fire no one would bother to put it out. She pleaded with the judges, saying: 'I just urge the three of you to grant me $3 million in compensation so I can have the money to repay the loansharks.' Ms Cheng was challenging a decision by a Court of First Instance judge to award her $335,300 in her damages suit against the factory. Mr Justice David Yam Yee-kwan, when giving the decision in December, had described her claims as 'incredible' and accused her of fooling doctors, lawyers and investigators. Ms Cheng claimed she had been driven mad as a result of falling over while fighting a fire at the Nan Fung Textiles factory in January, 1989. She had prevented an explosion in the factory, she added. She said she had suffered an abortion, needed 19 stitches, and her head became swollen 'as big as a cow's'. But medical records showed a minor head injury to be all that she suffered. Ms Cheng said she had been afflicted by mental illness, loss of memory, and hallucinations. Her husband had deserted her and loansharks had harmed her children. But the court found she was not suffering from mental illness, only a condition suffered as a result of being concussed. She argued she had suffered 100 per cent loss of earning capacity but was found to have worked secretly for 30 months after the accident. The Court of Appeal refused to interfere with the earlier judgment but Mr Justice Gerald Nazareth said he sympathised with her circumstances.