Police have praised a team of heroic paramedics after they saved the life of a stab victim who was only a matter of minutes from death.
Northumbria Police were called to a flat in South Shields just two days before Christmas last year (2019) after a man had been savagely beaten and stabbed.
Furious ‘thug’ Michael Wilson almost killed his victim following accusations that he had made advances towards his girlfriend.
In a fit of rage, the 30-year-old inflicted three knife wounds and rained down punches – before kicking the man down a flight of concrete stairs.
Now, after Wilson was last week jailed for nine years, police have praised the dedicated ambulance staff who carried out an emergency thoracotomy close to the scene – which kept the victim alive.
‘He would have died…had it not been for the paramedics at the scene’
Detective Sergeant Aidan Hall, of Northumbria Police, said:
“There is little doubt that the victim of this horrific attack would have died had it not been for the outstanding actions of paramedics at the scene.
“We are proud to work hand-in-hand with all our blue light partners, and this was an example of us all working together to not only ensure the victim survived, but ensure the person responsible is put behind bars.
“Michael Wilson is a dangerous individual who could so quickly have been faced with a potential murder charge.
“His victim had to have open-heart surgery and was hospitalised for a week.
“There is absolutely no place for violent criminals such as Wilson in our society, and he now begins a long period behind bars.
“This type of violence will not be tolerated and we will continue to use every tactic at our disposal to put criminals who endanger the lives of others before the courts.”
“In the event of a major trauma, such as a stabbing, every second counts”.
The court heard the two men fell into a dispute inside the Whiteleas Way flat following claims that the victim had made advances towards Wilson’s girlfriend.
Wilson then stabbed his victim three times, before forcefully pushing and kicking the injured man out of the address and into the street.
Paramedics carried out the life-saving procedure inside the ambulance – just yards from the scene – before taking the victim to Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary (RVI) for surgery.
Paul Liversidge, deputy chief executive at North East Ambulance Service (NEAS), said:
“In the event of a major trauma, such as a stabbing, every second counts.
“As well as being able to call upon specialist trauma skills within our own service, we work closely with Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) to ensure we’re able to provide an enhanced clinical service to those patients who require it.
“In this instance, we were able to request the additional clinical skills of our GNAAS colleagues, which meant that together we were able to perform this life-saving procedure before arriving at hospital.”
Upon arrest, Wilson claimed the victim “had tried to stab him”, and his injuries were caused as a result of the violent struggle that ensued.
Wilson, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to wounding with intent on the basis he used excessive self-defence when he appeared at Newcastle Crown Court last Tuesday (October 20).
He also admitted unrelated charges of shoplifting and affray.
A judge subsequently sentenced him to nine years behind bars.
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