I just want to get back to school, says have-a-go hero Patrick (16)
A hero schoolboy who was stabbed while saving a woman from a mugger said he was relieved that she was not the victim of the violence.
Brave teenager Patrick O'Sullivan underwent a three-hour operation as surgeons worked to repair a damaged artery. He needed 200 stitches internally.
He told the Irish Independent he just wants to focus on getting back to school now.
The 16-year-old rescued the woman as she was attacked by a thug near her home in Jobstown in Dublin on the night of November 13.
Patrick was walking home around 8.30pm when he heard her screaming in the dark around 50 metres away.
"When I heard her screaming, I didn't think and just ran to help her," he said. "I just wanted to get the man off of her. It was dark and it all happened so fast. I didn't know he stabbed me as I struggled with him."
It was only when he walked the woman to her home that he realised he had been stabbed.
The wound was in the area of his upper thigh and lower abdomen. The knife cut an artery and doctors said if the cut was just one millimetre deeper, the artery would have been completely severed.
Patrick said he has no regrets that his courageous act resulted in a serious wound and a fractured hand.
"If I did nothing and kept walking after hearing the screams then it could have been worse for the woman. I'm glad it happened to me instead of her. She is a mother," he said.
Patrick has an appointment today for some staples to be removed from his body.
His mother Marie Davidson added: "I'm extremely proud of him. He's healing physically and I want him to get fully healed.
"Family and friends can't get over how brave he was for standing up to that thug."
Gardaí are continuing their investigation into the attack.