A seven-year-old girl developed necrosis and had her forearm amputated after enduring months of domestic abuse in Russia.
Little Aisha Azhygova became disabled and will need years of psychological recovery following constant batteries she suffered at the hands of her aunt Makka Ganieva, 36, a court in Sunzha, southwestern Russia heard.
The details of Aisha's ordeal surfaced in July last year after her right arm horribly swelled and Ganieva, who was her carer at the time, had to bring her to a hospital.
After examining the child, shocked doctors diagnosed her with gangrene in the lower part of her right arm and found burns, bites and knife cuts all over her body.
Ganieva failed to explain the origin of the girl's injuries and medics reported her to the police.
A seven-year-old girl developed necrosis and had to have her right forearm amputated after enduring months of domestic abuse at the hands of her aunt in Russia
Little Aisha Azhygova's ordeal came to light after her arm swelled and her aunt was eventually left with no choice but to take her to hospital
Speaking with detectives, Ganieva is said to have confessed to breaking Aisha's arm during a beating.
She took the girl for the medical examination only several days later after Aisha's right forearm 'became cold and lifeless', investigators said.
The child was transported to Moscow with a high-grade fever and underwent a partial amputation of her right arm.
The dead section of the limb was removed, including the hand and forearm, doctors from the Research Institute for Children's Emergency Surgery and Traumatology said.
Makka Ganieva, 36, is a mother-of-two herself, according to neighbours she did not beat her own children
Further investigation revealed horrific details of the girl's life during her stay with Ganieva, which lasted for six months.
Reports said Aisha was regularly and cruelly punished for everything her aunt considered as being the 'wrong thing to do'.
Ganieva subjected the girl to cruel tortures by pressing her against a hot stove or injuring her with knife and scissors, the Sunzhenskiy District Court was told.
Prosecutor Maksharip Dobriev told local media: 'Ganieva beat the girl up for any mistake from December 2018 until July 2019.
'As a result of the beatings, the girl suffered serious bodily injuries which led to the amputation of a part of her right arm.
'The accused was found guilty by the court.'
After examining the child, shocked doctors diagnosed her with gangrene in the lower part of her right arm and found burns, bites and knife cuts all over her body
Doctors were forced to amputate part of the little girl's right arm in order to save her life
On November 20 this year, Makka Ganieva was charged with deliberate causing of grievous bodily harm with particular cruelty and sentenced to six years in prison.
Aisha's mother Lidiya Yevloyeva had temporarily sent the girl, who was six years old at the time, to Ganieva's family after facing financial difficulties, Russian media reported.
Yevloyeva, who thought her daughter would have a better life with the relatives, said she now deeply regrets her decision, adding that she thought the sentence was too light.
'Aisha suffered from long-lasting abuse and received a severe psychological trauma.
'Her physical condition is still not well. She needs years of rehabilitation,' Yevloyeva said.
According to neighbours, Ganieva, who is a mother-of-two herself, ever harmed her own two children.
Aisha's mother Lidiya Yevloyeva (pictured with her daughter) had temporarily sent the girl, who was six years old at the time, to Ganieva's family after facing financial difficulties, Russian media reported
Yevloyeva, who thought her daughter would have a better life with the relatives, said she now deeply regrets her decision, adding that she thought Ganieva's six-year sentence was too light
Aisha's mother said her daughter's physical condition is 'still not well', adding that she will need years of rehabilitation