Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Appeal by Family of Mother Stabbed Trying to Stop Fight; Witness Plea as Victim, 26, Fights for Life

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Appeal by Family of Mother Stabbed Trying to Stop Fight; Witness Plea as Victim, 26, Fights for Life

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Byline: KIRAN RANDHAWA

THE family of a young mother who was stabbed when she tried to break up a fight made a desperate appeal today to help catch her attacker.

Ann Marie Cuffy is fighting for her life in hospital after receiving two knife wounds to the stomach. At one point, she was given a one per cent chance of survival.

Her family have released a picture of her on a life support machine in the hope it will persuade witnesses to the attack to come forward.

Miss Cuffy, 26, from Bow, was with her sister Kimberley, 18, when a row began outside the Circus Tavern nightclub in Purfleet between some of her male friends and another group of men.

After she and some female friends managed to stop the fight, the group of men turned on the sisters.

They were both hit with poles before one of the men stabbed Miss Cuffy, the mother of a three-year-old boy. She was taken to Darent Valley Hospital in Dartford.

Her brother Junior said: "This man stabbed a 26-year-old mother - it's not right, he has to be caught.

"There were up to 400 people at the Circus Tavern that night and if you were there you must have seen something. You don't have to give your name, we just want you to tell police what you saw."

Mr Cuffy, 27, added: "I got a phone call from the police in the early hours of the morning saying the situation was critical and my parents and I had to be there.

"I called my parents and collected Ann Marie's little boy and we went straight to the hospital.

"When we got there Ann Marie was critically injured. They had to give her 22 pints of blood because that's how much she had lost. We were told she had only a one per cent chance of living. We thought she was going to die. It was touch and go all the way."

Miss Cuffy underwent three operations and, to her family's amazement, she opened her eyes for the first time last week. …

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