"She's suffered a catastrophic brain injury, which won't bring her back to me ever," said Lacey Harrison, the mother of the injured girl, Denishar Woods. "I want my baby back, I want my baby back," she told reporters outside of Princess Margaret Hospital, where the girl was taken Saturday from her home in the Perth suburb of Beldon.
Exactly what caused the outdoor pipe to become electrified has not yet been determined. But a fault in a neutral conductor supplying power to the property is the likely culprit, Michael Bunko, a director at Western Australia's electricity regulatory agency, told the Sydney Morning Herald.
Malcolm Richard, chief executive of Master Electricians Australia told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation that if a neutral wire breaks, "it can result in voltage being seen on everything that's earthed [grounded] in the house," he said. In the presence of water, the consequences can be magnified, he said.
But when her daughter walked over and gripped the tap to turn off the water, a massive jolt of current, estimated at between 240 and 250 volts, surged through her body.
Once at the hospital, the girl was placed on a cooling pad to protect her overheated organs.
But after an MRI, doctors told the family the girl had suffered extensive brain damage.
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