Six-Year-Old Girl Dies Saving Her Brother From Boiling Water

Publish Date
Monday, 8 June 2015, 4:17PM

A heroic young girl died from severe burns after she threw herself on top of her baby brother to save him from boiling water.

Tatyana Yantuganova said her one-and-a-half-year-old son would have been killed if not for the brave actions of his older sister.

Tragically, six-year-old Masha later died after bungling medics failed to treat her horrific third degree burns immediately.

Dima had been playing inside with his sister when he accidentally caught a cable to the family's an electric kettle with his leg.

As boiling water flooded towards the toddler, Masha had thrown herself over him letting the boiling hot water pour over her.

Tatyana described hearing her daughter's horrific screams as she ran out of the house to find her mother.

She said: 'She was in terrible pain but didn't cry as she didn't want to worry me.

'She just kept saying that I had to take care of Dima.'

As Tatyana soaked both children in icy water, other members of the family tried to call for an ambulance but there was no answer.

The desperate mother then borrowed a neighbour's car and rushed her children to a local hospital in the Russian village of Suuk-Chishma where they were then made to wait for up to an hour before they could see a doctor.

Tatyana said that when the doctors finally arrived they smeared ointment over her baby and then said they had run out and didn't have enough for her daughter.

She raced to another hospital but Masha lost consciousness on the way. When they arrived the girl was taken into intensive care but later died.

Tatyana said: 'Masha died in the hospital. The doctors said she had burns on 60 percent of her body. She died because of lack of first aid.

'My son Dima had burns to 40 percent of his body but he is alive because he got treatment.'