A 20-year-old Christchurch man is lucky to be alive after he was stabbed in the head. The skills of a police officer and a surgeon helped save the young's man sight and his life after a nine centimetre blade was plunged into his skull outside a party early yesterday.
Constable Carl Christiansen, a policeman with a paramedic background, was first on the scene, and remarkably the victim was still conscious, with the knife embedded in his skull. "The knife was just above his left eye and the yellow handle was all you could see and about one centimetre of blade, Christiansen told ONE News. "I knew straight away that knife wasn't going to move. It's a no brainer - you can't remove any foreign object from someone when they're lying there bleeding." And that decision may have saved the young man's life.
"I think that was a very sensible piece of action," said Mr Leslie Snape, the maxillofacial surgeon who treated the victim. Christiansen said the length of the blade embedded in the victim's head came as a shock to all concerned. "We were expecting a three centimetre blade of small knife, not an eight centimetre blade in his head. So everyone was pretty shocked." The victim, who asked not to be named, was stabbed outside a party at his flat around 1am yesterday. Witnesses told ONE News he was trying to break up a fight.
"We were just trying to break it up 'cause we didn't want like fights or anything to go on," said Leon Faigan, the victim's flatmate. He said he thought his flatmate was going to die after the stabbing. ONE News has spoken with the victim's father who was at the party and held his son in his lap in a gutter as as they waited for emergency services. The father said he was convinced his son was going to die and has nothing but praise for those who helped him to survive. The knife came within two millimeters of his eye, and within two centimetres of his brain. "The blade of the knife went through a thick part of bone...on the side of the skull," Snape said.
He said it would have taken a considerable force to lodge the kitchen knife "When we withdrew the knife it had to be withdrawn exactly in same tract. otherwise it could have caused damage." Christiansen, said the victim was "just really lucky that every single vital organ was missed in that side of his head. He's a very lucky man." A 20-year-old has been charged in relation to the stabbing. Meanwhile the victim's family are appealing to people to stop carrying knives.