Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Life Is Saved by Off-Duty Mercy Man Enjoying a Pint in His Local; Man Stabbed Nine Times in Random Attack outside Pub

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Life Is Saved by Off-Duty Mercy Man Enjoying a Pint in His Local; Man Stabbed Nine Times in Random Attack outside Pub

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Byline: DAN WARBURTON

STABBED nine times in a frenzied attack, Karl Brown today clings to life thanks to an off-duty paramedic.

The 26-year-old was left fighting for survival after a crazed knifeman repeatedly stabbed him in the back and chest as he waited for a friend outside a Tyneside pub.

Soaked in blood, Karl staggered into the crowded bar before slumping to the ground moments after the random attack just after 9.45am on Saturday.

Luckily the off-duty mercy man was in the Travellers Rest on Southend Terrace, High Fell, Gateshead, and with bar staff used beer towels to stem the blood.

Since the attack Mr Brown has lost 21 pints of blood and his family have twice been told he was close to death as surgeons fought to save him.

Today his dad, Joe, 58, a taxi driver with Gateshead Central Taxis, said: "In a lot of ways he's the luckiest lad alive.

"I can understand if someone is stabbed once, but it must have been a frenzied attack.

"He suffered between seven and nine stab wounds. They were all over his chest and back and when I saw him in the hospital I just thought he was a goner. He looked terrible.

"We nearly lost him twice through the night but the surgeon has been great.

"We're just so grateful to the man who helped him, if it wasn't for him Karl would be dead and we can't thank him enough. I just want to buy him a pint.

"We don't know much about what happened - it's all hearsay and rumours - but it was a terrifying attack.

"The staff at the hospital have been great and we owe them a lot. His friends have also shown their concerns and everyone has just been great. I bet 1,000 people knew what had happened within half an hour of it happening."

Karl had left his home on Lingcrest, Beacon Lough, Gateshead, at just after 9.15pm to walk his pet Greyhound Harvey. …

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