Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

I Was Stabbed 9 Times but I survived"I Can't Believe I'm Still Here; Victim Relives Attack outside Pub and Thanks Those Who Helped Save His Life

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

I Was Stabbed 9 Times but I survived"I Can't Believe I'm Still Here; Victim Relives Attack outside Pub and Thanks Those Who Helped Save His Life

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Byline: DAN WARBURTON

HIS torso marked by scars, knife victim Karl Brown today relives the moment he was stabbed nine times in a street attack.

The 26-year-old was left clinging to life after a blade was repeatedly plunged into his chest.

After he slumped into a busy Tyneside pub, he was tended to by an off-duty paramedic.

Today Karl relived the moment he was stabbed and thanked those who helped save his life.

Underneath Karl's right arm, from his rib cage to his spine, runs a 16in scar that is a constant reminder of the attack.

The knifing left his parents fearing that he would die.

Karl said: "I was stabbed so many times I didn't know what was happening. I died twice in hospital.

"The pain is always there but I'm getting used to it.

"I feel incredibly lucky - there are people getting stabbed once and die.

"I got stabbed nine times and I survived.

"I can't believe I'm still here but it makes you realise how precious life is.

"It's made me and my family a lot closer.

"It makes you realise how important they are. If it wasn't for my mam and dad I don't think I would be here.

"I owe my life to those people in the pub -- without them I would be a goner."

Karl's ordeal began when he was making a trip to the shop with his pet greyhound, Harvey, to buy his mam a bingo card at 9.45pm on Saturday, March 26.

But as he waited for his pal outside the Travellers Rest pub on Southend Terrace, High Fell, Gateshead, he was set upon in an horrific assault.

A knife pierced his skin nine times and bar staff needed to use beer towels to stop blood pouring from his wounds.

Karl spent 10 days in intensive care following the attack.

He said that when he regained consciousness, his first words to his mam were: "Your bingo card is in my jeans pocket."

Karl, who lives on Lingcrest, Beacon Lough, Gateshead, said: "My friend went into the bar and I couldn't go in because I had the dog. The next thing I knew the kid just came round the corner and I didn't know I was getting stabbed.

"At first he mumbled something but I don't know what it was. …

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