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Hackney fox attack baby leaves hospital

The house in Homerton
Image caption The twins were sleeping in a room upstairs

A nine-month-old girl who was attacked by a fox in east London has been discharged from hospital.

Lola Koupparis and her twin Isabella were sleeping in their cots at their home in Hackney when they were mauled.

Lola, who suffered injuries to her face and arm, was released from the Royal London Hospital where she was admitted on Saturday night.

Isabella, who suffered injuries to her arms, has since returned to the hospital.

She was moved from the Royal London Hospital to Great Ormond Street Hospital on Monday and underwent a surgery there.

A statement from Barts and the London NHS Trust said: "Following a period at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, Isabella Koupparis, one of the twin nine-month-old girls being treated for injuries sustained during a fox attack in her home, has returned to The Royal London Children's Hospital to continue her treatment."

'Living nightmare'

On the discharge of Lola a spokesman for the Royal London Hospital said: "The family remain grateful for the many messages of goodwill they've received and continue to ask that their privacy and that of their family and friends be respected at this time."

The parents of the twins were at home and watching television when the fox is believed to have crept through a open door on the ground floor and climbed upstairs to the girls' room.

The twins' mother Pauline Koupparis told BBC London 94.9 that she went to check on them on after hearing a "funny cry".

Image caption A fox was photographed by a Met officer at the house on Saturday

She described the "living nightmare" when she switched on the lights to see the girls covered in blood and the fox still there.

Their four-year-old brother who was also sleeping upstairs, was not hurt.

A fox was photographed by a police officer at the property just after the attack on twins.

He spotted the fox through a patio door at the home and took a photo using his mobile telephone after Saturday's attack.

It is not certain whether the officer's photograph is of the fox thought to have mauled the twins.

Following the attack, London mayor Boris Johnson called on all councils to "focus on their duties" regarding pest control.

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