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13:10  15 april  2019
13:10  15 april  2019 Source:   news.sky.com

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A young girl who was shot in the Christchurch terror attacks has sustained brain damage and doesn' t recognise her parents, her father says. Four-year-old Alen Daraghmih is in Auckland's Starship children's hospital, conscious, but not responding.

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A father-of-four injured in the Christchurch shootings has posted pictures of his five year-old daughter who was left brain damaged after she was also shot.

Brain-damaged Christchurch shooting victim, five, 'can't speak' © Other Alen Aslati is surrounded by her family in hospital. Pic: Wasseim Alsati

Wasseim Alsati was approaching the Al Noor mosque with Alen, his youngest daughter, when alleged gunman Brenton Tarrant walked out and shot them both.

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The young Christchurch shooting victim has had as many as eight operations. Alen Daraghmih suffered brain damage after she and her father Waseeim Alsati were shot at the Al Noor mosque on That page said she can ’ t see people or speak , though she has started to “say the odd word” and she

The Christchurch mosque shootings were two consecutive terrorist attacks at mosques in Christchurch , New Zealand, during Friday Prayer on 15 March 2019.

Mr Alsati told Daily Mail Australia the attacker, who appeared to be wearing a New Zealand military uniform, pointed his weapon at his daughter's head and shot her despite his attempts to protect her.

"And then the second bullet, he shot her in the foot, in the toes. And then I got a shot in my tummy. And then I got two shots in my bum."

Despite multiple operations, doctors at the Starship Children's Hospital in Auckland are still unsure of the extent of Alen's brain injuries. Brain-damaged Christchurch shooting victim, five, 'can't speak' © Other Alen Alsati was left brain damaged in the atrocity. Pic: Wasseim Alsati

Mr Alsati, who owns a barber shop in the southern New Zealand city, shared images of his young daughter in hospital surrounded by family and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

A GiveALittle page, which has raised more than $47,000 (£24,000) for the family, said "Wassiem is recovering from gunshot wounds in his hip area. He is not currently walking but is expecting to walk again when fully recovered.

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A young girl who was shot in the Christchurch terror attacks has sustained brain damage and doesn' t recognise her parents, her father says. Four-year-old Alen Daraghmih was shot during the Christchurch terror attacks. I don' t know what sort of income I will get from ACC or Victim Support.

NZ Police Commissioner Mike Bush says terror attack on two mosques in Christchurch has claimed the lives of 50 people.

Brain-damaged Christchurch shooting victim, five, 'can't speak' © Other Mr Alsati with his daughter Alen. Pic: Wasseim Alsati

"Alen has suffered damage to the brain, she is making daily progress, but at this stage she cannot speak or see people. She has begun so say the odd word and recognises her mother's voice."

It asks for donations "for supporting the family in future if Wassiem is out of work, or if they have to pay money for on-going nursing and medical care for Alen".

Tarrant, a 28-year-old Australian, has been charged with 50 counts of murder after last month's terror attack. Brain-damaged Christchurch shooting victim, five, 'can't speak' © Reuters New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern waves as she leaves the vigil and prayers

A month on from the massacre, Mr Alsati, a Muslim, said: "I don't feel anything about him shooting me, I am really angry that he shot my daughter."

"I understand the hate against Islam, Muslims. But that doesn't give anybody the right to shoot kids."

In a video posted on Facebook, Mr Alsati said it will be "six months to know how bad the damage [to his daughter Alen] is". Brain-damaged Christchurch shooting victim, five, 'can't speak' © Getty Flowers and tributes left for the victims of the terror attack

Speaking from his hospital bed, he broke down as he said: "My daughter woke up and she doesn't know us and she can't see us and hear us at all. I don't know if she is cold or warm.

"We are all waiting. Alen woke up five days ago. She had seven or eight surgeries," he added.

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