This Morning viewers heartbroken as hero paramedics relive knife attack horrorJuly 19, 2021
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This Morning viewers were left heartbroken as two brave paramedics relived the moment they were stabbed by someone they were trying to help.
Ruth Langsford and Eamonn Holmes were both seen getting emotional as they spoke to Deena Evans and Mick Hipgrave, who last year were left fighting for their lives when they were stabbed.
Responding to a 999 call, the pair were attacked with kitchen knives when they entered a home in Wolverhampton.
Deena was stabbed first in the stomach, with Mick jumping in to protect her and getting stabbed in the back.
The attack just took 11 seconds, but Deena was seen in tears as she told Ruth and Eamonn she was convinced she was going to die.
“I remember Mick helping to stem the bleeding, even though I could feel him bleeding onto me,” she explained. “I was trying to hold his side, he was trying to hold my chest.
"And then I remember a female officer, I mean there was so much commotion going on but I remember saying, I remember grabbing her collar, and I remember saying, ‘please don’t let me die. I've got three children, please don’t let me die’. At that point, I knew I was dying.”
Sending out an open channel message to her fellow paramedics on their radio, Deena later told others to save Mick because she was so sure she was going to die.
Despite their horrific injuries, both have now returned to work as paramedics as they love to help others.
But both are also suffering from PTSD as they come to terms with what happened to them.
Viewers were heartbroken at the traumatic effect the attack has had on the pair, and praised them on Twitter for their incredible work with the NHS.
“Heartbreaking hearing these two Paramedics story having being stabbed in the chest and back by a violent person,” one wrote. “Nobody deserved to go to work with the risk of not coming home again.”
Another said the segment hit close to home, and said: “My grandson is a paramedic… he has been threatened with knives and needles many times over the years. Like these brave people, he loves his job and would do nothing else. This vocation takes a special kind of person”
“I’m crying,” added a third. “These 2 paramedics are so brave, they didn’t deserve this at all, nobody does but especially not people who have literally trained and dedicated their lives to help others.”
At the end of the segment, Eamonn encouraged the crew of the show to applaud the pair for their incredible work.
Touched by the sentiment, Deena once again burst into tears.
Eamonn then told them: "Thank goodness you’re there. We mean that out of love and kindness and admiration. Respect to you both, keep doing what you do.
"And to everyone else who works for the ambulance service, in A&E, in the police service and all that sort of thing – thank goodness you are there doing the dirty work that no one else wants to do. Thank you.
This Morning airs weekdays from 10am on ITV.
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