TAIPEI - An 8-year-old school girl surnamed Liu yesterday sustained a severe injury to her neck when a 29 year-old man named Kung Chung-an assaulted her with a knife within the premises of the victim's school, yesterday.
The assault took place at around 4:30 p.m. after classes ended at Taipei Municipal Beitou District Wenhua Elementary School, yesterday.
Reportedly, Liu had stayed after school hours to participate in extracurricular music activities.
According to the victim's club instructor, Liu had left practice to go to the bathroom without notifying instructors.
After leaving the classroom, Liu was targeted by Kung, who had entered school grounds without authorisation. Kung then allegedly tailed the victim to a restroom located on the fourth floor of the school, where he slashed the victim's throat twice with a fruit knife he had brought from his home.
The victim was reportedly found by chance when girls from the school reported the incident to school officials after seeing blood coming from under the bathroom door.
The victim was rushed to the Taipei Veterans General Hospital, though at 5:05 p.m. she showed no signs of life.
Doctors, however, were able to get her heart started again, though the victim remains in a comatose state, with possible brain damage.
Doctors who worked to save Liu told local press that the victim sustained at least one 10-centimeter cut to her throat. Liu's doctors also said that her trachea, neck artery and neck muscles were severed due to the savage nature of the attack.
Reconstructive surgery to treat Liu's heavy wounds were completed after three hours, and her vital signs showed signs of stabilizing.
However, doctors said that Liu is not yet out of danger, with the severity of her coma unknown due to the large amount of anesthetics being administered.