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.
The children's parents said they had popped into the garden
of their home in the tiny Russian village of Suuk-Chishma in the
Russian Republic of Bashkortostan when the tragedy occurred.
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 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
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.'