9-year-old girl dies of heart attack that was caused by worry two days before testifying against her rapist


Sad girl (illustration) 
By: Chan Yuan

A family is angry over the loss of a girl who died due to the stress and pain that she suffered after being sexually assaulted by her friend’s grandfather.

The 9-year-old girl died of a heart attack two days before she was due to give evidence in court against the man who sexually abused her.

The girl, who is known by her initials as YK, was rushed to the hospital after collapsing at her home in Izmir, Turkey.

Doctors who tried saving the child’s life, believe that the worry of going to court and facing her abuser was too much for her heart to deal with.

YK had been so traumatized by what happened to her that she stopped attending school and began wetting her bed. The incident occurred four months ago, and she had been seeing a child psychologist.

As the trial approached, she became increasingly anxious to give evidence and have to face her alleged attacker at court.

The family said that YK was at her friend’s house when the two girls had a fight. The friend's grandfather, who was identified as 56-year-old TC, told YK that he was going to give her a doll to cheer her up.

Instead, he took YK into a room alone and sexually abused her.

YK ran home and told her parents what happened. They called the police. The grandfather was arrested before being released on bail, pending the trial.

Her father, named TK, said: “My daughter was very frightened after the harassment. Now, she has lost her life. I will do my best to see that this man is punished.”