by Chloe Lyons
***WARNING: VIDEO CONTAINS COARSE LANGUAGE***
A YOUNG woman has been viciously attacked by members of an out-of-control teen gang that is terrorising a Sunshine Coast community.
Tamika Turner, 26, was left with a shattered eye socket after a chair was thrown at her during a brawl at Coolum Beach's McDonald's restaurant.
The incident allegedly started when members of the gang started hurling rocks and abuse at Ms Turner's family.
"They were shouting at my dad and had picked him as the target and I just ended up getting in the way to try prevent it," she said.
"So many of my family members were all trying to keep them (the youths) away at a safe distance and they still kept coming back even when the McDonald's manager was writing an incident report and offering first aid until the ambulance had arrived."
Ms Turner, who was just trying to protect her father, suffered severe facial injuries as a result.
"I was hit with a McDonald's chair," she said.
"It broke two places in my eye socket, one under my eye, and one in the corner connecting my nose to the eye socket."
Ms Turner said while the police were "supportive and thorough", they explained the juvenile court process could be lengthy.
As a result, no official complaint was made to police.
It was a long recovery for Ms Turner, but she said she considered herself "lucky" to have no permanent sight issues.
"I left hospital the next day and was referred to specialists that week with two follow-up appointments over the period of two months to see the status of movement and sight after swelling decreased," she said.
"The bruising took about two weeks to subside I think."
Ms Turner said after the attack she would not be returning to Coolum.
"I no longer go there due to the fact that many people I know that still do enjoy Coolum constantly tell me how much trouble they're having still."