An alleged would-be rapist had part of his tongue removed when a doctor bit him when she woke up with him on top of her.
The doctor, 24, was in staff quarters at the hospital where she works in Bloemfontein, South Africa, when the alleged sex assault happened.
She fought back when the man posed as a patient to get into the hospital and forced his tongue in her mouth while kissing her.
The suspect, 32, fled Pelenomi Tertiary Hospital and police alerted other hospitals to be on the lookout for him.
And soon after, he turned up at the National Hospital with horrific wounds to his tongue, and had to have part of his tongue removed as a result of the bite at the Universitas Hospital, which has a specialist plastic surgery unit, where he underwent surgery.
Health department spokesman Mondli Mvambi said: “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 we 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 suspect’s tongue off. She is currently undergoing medical tests and counselling.
“He will appear before magistrates when he has recovered enough.”
Last year, there were 40,000 rapes recorded in South Africa, but officials believe the true figure is significantly higher. Statistics suggest that 40 per cent of women in the country are likely to be raped in their lifetime.