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Rat attack: Doctors to determine baby's eligibility for surgery

A series of tests have to be done before doctors can go ahead with reconstructive surgery.

Lungiswa Mvumvu says a series of tests have to be done before doctors can go ahead with reconstructive surgery.

JOHANNESBURG - The Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital says doctors are yet to determine whether a baby whose fingers were bitten by rats is eligible for reconstructive surgery.

Officials say the one-month-old is still under observation as doctors fear she may be too young to undergo a high intensity procedure.

The hospital has dismissed reports that the procedure has been put on hold due to her parent's inability to cover medical costs.

Authorities say in compliance with regulation by the national health department, the child is eligible to receive free surgical treatment at the hospital.

Earlier this week the little girl's three fingers and part of her nose were gnawed off by rats in Alexandra.

The hospital's Lungiswa Mvumvu says a series of tests have to be done before doctors can go ahead with reconstructive surgery.

"As soon as she gains enough weight and enough tests are conducted and they are sure she'll be able to withstand any surgery then the doctors will decide on the way forward."

Video: Alexandra rat attack.