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Mother fears she'll never be loved after bear mauled face

A Russian woman who was mauled by a bear while she was fighting it to save her son's life has revealed she fears she will never be loved again because the attack has left her too 'ugly'.

Marina Fokina, 36, used an axe to fight off the bear that rampaged through a tent she shared with one of her sons during a family camping holiday in a Siberian national park two years ago.

But while she saved her son, the bear caused severe damage to her face, and has left her scarred for life.

Mauled: Marina Fokina, 36, pictured before and after the attack, was left severely disfigured after she fought off a bear that attacked her and her son during a camping trip

The widowed mother-of-two says she screamed at the bear: 'Eat me but don't touch my child.' 

She was attacked on a camping trip with one of her sons, her sister and her nephew in Yergaki National Park, in the Western Sayan Mountains of Siberia.

She recalled: 'I woke up suddenly because of some noise and saw the tent collapsing on me. I only had time to think "it must be a tree falling".

'Then I understood there was no wind. It wasn't a tree but a beast. It bit me. I felt how my bones broke, I heard them crack.'

She lost consciousness but came too to hear her son Denis, then six, screaming, and so she shouted at the bear: 'Come on, eat me! But don't touch my baby!'

The bear lunged at her again, sinking its teeth into her back.

'It was dark, I lost consciousness again. Next I knew, I woke up again and heard my son's voice: "It hurts!".

Marina said: 'I was in shock, and thought - wrongly - the bear had bitten off my son's feet.

Before the attack: Marina, left and her sister, right pose with their sons in the national park just hours before the bear attack

Before the attack: Marina, left and her sister, right pose with their sons in the national park just hours before the bear attack

Injured: She says she has been left 'looking like a drunkard' and that her boyfriend dumped her when she came home from hospital because she was 'too ugly'

Injured: She says she has been left 'looking like a drunkard' and that her boyfriend dumped her when she came home from hospital because she was 'too ugly'

Shocking: Marina's back after the attack, during which she also suffered an open fracture on her collarbone, and a broken leg

Shocking: Marina's back after the attack, during which she also suffered an open fracture on her collarbone, and a broken leg

'It was dark, my ripped face was all in blood. And only one thought was in me - how he would live now, my son?

'I felt such a hatred to this bear, that I decided to kill it. I remembered the night there was an axe stuck in a log. Somehow I crawled out of the tent, grabbed it with my broken arm.

'And then the bear lunged at me for the last time, grabbing my leg and the axe fell.

The two women then grabbed their children and ran. As she fled in an adrenaline rush, her son in her hands, she was

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