Weight-lifting champ lucky to be alive after stabbing on night out
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A world champion weight -lifter is lucky to be alive after he was stabbed three times on a night out in Dublin.
Thomas Gleeson (24) lost four litres of blood and was given 10 shots of adrenalin after the unprovoked attack in the early hours of Tuesday morning.
Now he has revealed that his dream of winning another world title lies in tatters as he will be unable to compete in qualifiers for the world championship next month.
Mr Gleeson, from Leixlip, Co Kildare, said: "I nearly died. I was a minute away from bleeding out.
"I'm a big fella, I'm a weightlifter. If it wasn't for the size of me, I would be gone."
Mr Gleeson is currently in the middle of his final exams for a Masters in Strategic Management from DCU and he decided to take a break from studying on Monday evening.
He travelled to meet a friend in a bar on Andrew's Lane and while standing outside for a cigarette, he was approached by the suspected attacker.
"He asked me for a smoke. I told him to leave and he wouldn't go so I called the bouncer over to get rid of him."
Mr Gleeson explained that he thought nothing more of it and half an hour later he walked to the Londis shop on Dame Street to buy tobacco.
But while crossing the road to return to the bar, he was set upon.
"Just before I got to the kerb, I got three stabs to the back," he said.
The student was brought to St James's Hospital where medical staff spent three hours stitching up his injuries.
Mr Gleeson explained that he was given "10 shots of adrenalin" during the treatment.
The cut on his back is 10cm long and two inches deep while the cut to his forearm is 10.5cm long and an inch deep.
Gardaí at Pearse Street station arrested a 24-year-old man in connection with the attack.