Off-duty nurse saves 24-year-old Dagenham stab victim
PUBLISHED: 18:01 13 April 2015 | UPDATED: 11:58 15 April 2015
A man who was stabbed in the back dragged himself into a nearby pub where an off-duty nurse gave him life-saving treatment.
The 24-year-old was attacked outside the Becontree Heath Leisure Centre in Wood Lane, Dagenham, at about 11.30pm on Sunday night, but managed to make it to the Three Travellers pub in the hope of finding help.
He was later found collapsed in the doorway by bar staff.
Lucy Hudziak, a nurse at Queen’s Hospital, was drinking in the pub and rushed out to help the young man.
She said that as soon as she saw him, she knew he’d been stabbed and acted quickly to ensure his survival.
Making use of her 15 years of nursing experience, the 34-year-old kept him talking until the ambulance arrived.
She said: “I put him on his front and applied pressure to the wound, which was on the left side of his back. He was in a state of shock.”
The first of two ambulance crews arrived within five minutes and the man was taken to hospital as a priority.
Pub owner Will Sampson praised Lucy’s lifesaving efforts.
“If she wasn’t there he could’ve died,” he said. “I’m just glad we were open.”
The incident follows the stabbing of a 19-year-old outside The Victoria pub in Barking on Wednesday last week.
Police were called at 7.37pm to a disturbance at the Cooke Street junction with St Ann’s Street where they found a 19-year-old suffering from stab wounds in his upper arm.
He was taken to an east London hospital by London Ambulance Service.
His condition was not thought to be life-threatening and no arrests have been made in relation to either stabbing.
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