A TRAINEE nurse has told of the moment he found a Wigan man who had been stabbed four time collapsed in the street.
Paul Newman was attacked by a gang in a frenzied robbery. He was stabbed in his neck, chest and in both legs.
He is still recovering in hospital and is in a serious but stable condition, but had it not been for the intervention of quick-thinking David Carter, who has just finished his first year of nurse training, the outcome may have been different.
The 34-year-old victim had been attacked in Park Street, Bolton, but had somehow managed to drive a mile to the town centre where he was found.
Mr Carter, 27, who is studying for a degree in adult nursing at the University of Central Lancashire, said: “I had gone out for a few drinks with a friend and it was getting quite late so we were on our way to say goodbye to a friend who was working when we heard the man shouting.
“He was down a side street and had got out of his car and was heading towards the cash machine.
“He was shouting that he’d been attacked but he looked fine but what he was saying just didn’t add up with how he was acting.
“Then I just saw him go down on the floor.
“There was lots of people around but nobody was going to help him, but my instincts kicked in and I went over straight away. He was still conscious and talking to me which was a good sign.”
Mr Carter, who lives in Bolton, tried to keep Mr Newman talking while stemming the blood flow from his most serious injuries.
He said: “At first I just saw the wound on his neck, but he was completely covered in blood.
“By this time another woman, who I believe was an off duty firefighter, had come to help as well so I had her putting pressure on the wound on his neck and looked for other injuries.
“There was a lot of blood around his groin, which really worried me because there is a major artery around that area.
“Within about five minutes the paramedics had arrived so I handed over to them and they took over from there.”
Mr Carter eventually wants to specialise in A and E nursing and currently has three weeks left of a placement at Chorley Hospital.
He said: “I didn’t even need to think about what to do, I wasn’t freaked out by it at all and looking back I realise how lucky it was that I was there as well as the firefighter.”
Four people have been arrested in connection with the incident. A 27-year-old from Bolton has been charged with robbery.