These gory videos show how a girl’s leg is left shattered after she runs out into the road after being chased by stray dogs and is run over by a lorry.
Mahra Melin Pinar, 9, had to have her right leg amputated above the knee following the accident in the district of Serik, in the south-western Turkish province of Antalya.
The accident took place at around 10am on Saturday, 5th March, when Mahra Melin ran out into the road because she was being chased by two stray dogs.
Footage shows how she is left sitting on the tarmac and unable to get up, with her mangled and limp leg streaming blood beneath her.
Cops and paramedics were dispatched to the scene, and after receiving first aid, Mahra Melin was taken by ambulance to Antalya Training and Research Hospital.
Her right leg was amputated above the knee on Monday, 7th March, in an operation that lasted 3.5 hours. At the time of reporting, she remained in intensive care.
The lorry driver was named in local media as Irfan Yayla, and it is not reported if he faced any consequences over the accident.
Mahra Melin’s distraught dad Murat Pinar said that when he rushed over to his injured daughter in the wake of the accident, she asked him: “I won’t die, will I, daddy?”
He revealed that his daughter was outside at the time because “she was going to make a little house for [some stray] cats”.
He added: “She always wanted to become an athlete. She would say ‘I will win a gold medal, then I will sell the medal and I will make a place for stray cats and stray dogs to live with this money’. I’m so sad that this has happened to her because of stray animals.”
He said of his daughter’s condition: “My daughter’s condition has worsened. There has been light bleeding from her mouth. She can hardly breathe, even with a machine.”
And her mum Derya Pinar, 38, was quoted as saying that Mahra Melin’s “condition is critical” and that “we pray day and night”.
The couple has two other children, aged nine and 16 months respectively. In some reports, Mahra Melin’s age was given as 10.
Derya was quoted as saying: “I don’t know what kind of life Melin will lead. I don’t know if she will just breathe, how she will react, whether she will remember us, whether she will be able to eat by herself.”