GRAPHIC PICS: Doctor fights off attempted rapist by biting his tongue off

The woman, 24, was napping in staff quarters at a hospital in South Africa when she was assaulted.

The suspect is accused of pretending to be a patient to sneak into the Pelonomi Tertiary Hospital in Bloemfontein and carry out at horrifying sex attack.

But the suspect’s intended victim fought him off as he forced his tongue into her mouth to kiss her.

And the bite was so bad that part of his tongue was totally severed, leaving him fleeing the scene is agony with a trail of blood after him.

Hospital staff then put out a warning to nearby medical centres to call the police if anyone came in needing emergency treatment for a mouth wound.

Medics at the National Hospital in Pelonomi called in cops when the suspect came in hours later seeking treatment and he was arrested.

After being stitched up, the 32-year-old suspect was taken back to the scene of the crime for his victim to confirm he was her attempted rapist.

He was later given plastic surgery at the private Universitas Hospital and will appear before magistrates when he is well enough.

South African Police spokesman Colonel Thandi Mbambo said the suspect allegedly tried to rape the doctor adding: “He fled the scene when the doctor bit his tongue off”.

Mr Mondli Mvambi, of the Free State regional health department, added: “During the scuffle the doctor managed to bite off the tongue of the alleged perpetrator who ran off.

“He was later arrested and then taken for plastic surgery and was operated on under police guard and he will be handed over to be taken before a court in due course.

“It is by the grace of God that the doctor had the strength to fight back and bite the suspects tongue off. She is currently undergoing medical tests and counselling.”

Shocking figures show that in one year alone 40,000 women in South Africa are rape, although the number is thought to be much higher with experts saying just one in four sex attacks are reported.

Statistics also show that 40% of women in South Africa are likely to be raped in their lifetime.

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