21/10/2011 13:22 BST | Updated 21/12/2011 10:12 GMT

Twice Run Over Chinese Girl Yue Yue Dies After Battling Injuries

A two-year-old girl who was run over twice in the street and ignored by 18 people has finally died in hospital after battling her injuries.

The plight of Yue Yue hit the headlines earlier this week after a shocking video of her being knocked down and crushed was uploaded onto the Internet.

The youngster appeared to be in agony as numerous people walked past, choosing to ignore, rather than help her. At one stage she was run over a second time.

Finally, she was rescued and taken to hospital by her mother - but died of brain failure on Friday.

The disturbing incident happened in the southern Chinese town of Foshan in the province of Guandong. Both drivers have been arrested.

According to reports, her family received almost £30,000 to help with payments for the medical treatment following the scenes in Guangfo Hardware Market.

Guangzhou military district general hospital, where she was being treated, said: "Her injuries were too severe and the treatment had no effect."

Commentators say that in China many people are reluctant to help because they fear being blamed, which has led to calls for a Good Samaritan law.