A woman lost half her head in a horror motorbike crash that has left her fighting for her life on a respirator for five months.
University researcher Dilara Aldanoglu, 24, suffered horrific head injuries in a motorbike crash on December 31 in Izmir, Turkey, while on her way to surprise family.
Dilara – who was a passenger on the motorbike – was not wearing a helmet when it slammed into a car windscreen, causing masive brain trauma and internal bleeding.
The driver of the motorbike, Sude Solak, was wearing a crash helmet and left hospital after treatment for less serious injuries.
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Dilara has spent five months on a respirator at the Turkan Ozilhan State Hospital in Izmir, Turkey, and will likely require constant care for the rest of her life.
But despite her shocking injuries, her mother Yasemin Aldanoglu remains hopeful.
She said: "There is a prediction that she will always need constant care. However, they say 'while there's life there's hope', and I won't give up on hope either."
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It later emerged that the car driver, named as 26-year-old Isa E, did not have a driver's license at the time of the crash.
He was arrested after the incident and later released.
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Following the release of the unlicenced driver involved in the accident, Ms Aldanoglu said: "The fire inside me will never pass, but maybe it will cool down in time.
"It really hurts me that the driver was released while my daughter remains in this state."
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