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26/06/2012 11:24 BST | Updated 26/08/2012 06:12 BST

Surgeons Reattach Baby Girl's Hands After Suicidal Grandmother Hacks Off Limbs (PICTURE)

An eight-month-old baby girl's hands have been reattached after 12 hours of surgery

Surgeons have reattached a baby girl's hands after the limbs were hacked off by her suicidal grandmother.

The eight-month-old was rushed to hospital in Shandong Province, China, following the grisly incident on June 24.

She had been in the care of her grandmother while her parents were at work when the attack occurred.

A neighbour told Rex Features: "I saw the woman came back home after work in the early afternoon but only 10 minutes later she dashed down holding her baby, who was covered with blood. The baby's hands were gone."

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The neighbour accompanied the woman and child to hospital.

She added: "The mother called her husband, asking him to go back home to pick up the chopped hands. She said the baby's hands were chopped off by her mother, who also chopped herself, trying to commit suicide".

Doctors carried out a 12-hour operation in an effort to reattach the little girl's hands, but it is too early to say how successful the surgery has been.

The unnamed baby girl will need several further operations if she is to return to full function of her limbs.

The grandmother has been in a coma since the incident.