"Loujain (in picture) is such a tiny, sweet person…always helping us, often even spoiling us, even though she's the youngest, like when she cooks my favourite dish because I casually said I wanted to eat it," Mahran Hussain, her eldest brother, told Gulf News Image Credit: Supplied

Abu Dhabi: An 11-year-old Grade 7 pupil is in a coma after she was beaten by a group of boys in her school. The girl suffered a brain haemorrhage in the attack.

Loujain Hussain underwent a five-hour operation on Monday and is in the intensive care unit of Shaikh Khalifa Medical City, family sources told Gulf News.

Doctors have told the family that Loujain's condition is improving, but were unable to say when she will regain consciousness.

Investigation on

The attack took place at Al Ma'ali International Private School last Thursday. The Abu Dhabi Educational Council (ADEC) is investigating.

"A team from the Private School and Quality Assurance Sector was dispatched to the school," an ADEC official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said.

Loujain's father, an investor who has lived in Abu Dhabi for over 35 years, also filed a case against the school at the Mussafah Police Station last Thursday.

Despite repeated attempts by Gulf News, the school's principal was unavailable for comment at the time of going to press.

Dr Yousel Al Hadi, psychiatrist at Al Noor Hospital told Gulf News that the rate of violence among young people has become a matter of concern.

"It is triggered by psychological reasons," he said.

"Children brought up in an environment where parents fight constantly or where they are beaten tend to become violent. Stress at home, at school or for other reasons also is a major factor contributing to violence," Dr Al Hadi said.