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Britain's youngest gun crime victim meets medics

Britain's youngest gun crime victim Thusha Kamaleswaran has been reunited with members of the team that saved her life.

Thusha reunited with team who saved her lifeafter she was shot.
Thusha reunited with team who saved her lifeafter she was shot. Credit: ITV News/Ria Chatterjee

ITV News correspondent Paul Davies has been following the progress of Thusha’s journey to get back on her feet for the Tonight programme.

The two paramedics who arrived first on the scene after Thusha's shooting.
The two paramedics who arrived first on the scene after Thusha's shooting. Credit: ITV News/Ria Chatterjee

Watch: Courage in the Crossfire at 7.30pm tomorrow on ITV

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Thusha is reunited with the team that saved her life

Britain's youngest gun crime victim Thusha Kamaleswaran has been reunited with members of the team that saved her life.

The eight-year-old was shot and left paralysed by a stray bullet in Stockwell, south London, two years ago.

She has now regained feeling in both legs and the Tonight programme has been following her journey to get back on her feet.

Courage in the Crossfire will be broadcast at 7.30pm on Thursday 10 October on ITV

Watch: Shooting victim Thusha regains feeling in both legs

Shooting victim Thusha regains feeling in both legs

Thusha Kamaleswaran was Britain's youngest gun crime victim when she was shot and left paralysed shot by a stray bullet in Stockwell, south London two years ago.

Since then, despite doctors' fears the eight-year-old would never be able to move her lower body again, she has regained feelings in both legs.

ITV News correspondent Paul Davies has been following the progress of Thusha’s journey to get back on her feet for the Tonight programme.

Watch: Courage in the Crossfire at 7.30pm on Thursday 10 October on ITV

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Thusha's uncle: She tells me 'my legs were broken by bad men'

The uncle of Thusha Kamaleswaran, the girl who was paralysed from the waist down after being caught in the crossfire during a gang-related attack has told the Daily Mirror she often recalls the incident:

Thusha talks about it all the time.

She says, ‘When I went to my uncle’s shop my legs were broken’. She says, ‘Bad men did it’.

– Mahadavan Vikneswaran, Uncle of Thusha Kamaleswaran

Thusha's mother constantly relives shooting

Sharmila Kamaleswaran on Thusha's shooting
Sharmila Kamaleswaran cannot sleep after the shooting Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Thusha Kamaleswaran's mother said every time she closes her eyes she sees her daughter "lying on the ground covered in blood".

Sharmila Kamaleswaran told the Daily Mail: "We have to do everything for her. If she wants to go to the next room we have to carry her. I miss her when she is in the hospital. But I cannot sleep when she is here with me.

"I wake up in the night and the terrible events come back to me again. I stroke Thusha’s legs and cry. I cannot sleep. When I close my eyes I see Thusha lying on the ground covered in blood. Now I have to take sleeping tablets."

Young girl 'scared' after shooting

A five-year-old girl who was shot in a gang-related attack has told of her fears of being hurt again.

Thusha Kamaleswaran
Thusha Kamaleswaran told a newspaper of her fears after the shooting in Stockwell, London Credit: Metropolitan Police/PA Wire

Thusha Kamaleswaran, now six, is expected to be permanently wheelchair-bound after a bullet hit her in the chest, shattering her dreams of becoming a dancer.

She told the Daily Mail: "I am scared to get into the car because of the strangers all around us. I worry that someone will try to hurt me again."

"I wanted to be a dancer. I wanted to dance properly, to take lessons," she added.

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