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Boy knifed six times in 'mistaken identity'

A 16-YEAR-OLD boy is lucky to be alive today after he was stabbed six times in a case of mistaken identity.

Calvin Lynch was knifed in the chest, spleen and hand when a group of men attacked him in a friend's house in Portlaoise. He was asleep on a couch in the sitting room when the men attacked him on Thursday.

Today his distraught mother Marcella said it is a miracle Calvin is still alive.

"He has never been in trouble in his life. He is so young and quiet," she said.

"You are in bed and you think everything is okay, and the next thing you get a call in the middle of the night telling you to go to hospital," she added.

Detectives say Calvin is not known to gardai and they believe he was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

His mother said Calvin has been left traumatised by the attack in which the gang rampaged through the house in the Hillview Estate in Portlaoise at 11.40pm last Thursday.

He had been spending time with a friend when the gang burst into the house. The reason for the attack is still not known.

Calvin was rushed to Midlands Regional Hospital where he has been treated in intensive care for wounds to his chest, spleen, diaphragm and hands.

"He has been left traumatised by what happened. He is very weak and is connected up to all different machines through his nose, chest and arms," said Marcella.

"We are taking it day by day, and don't know when he'll be allowed home," she added.

Garda sources said the attack on the football-mad teen was particularly brutal.

"We are lucky this isn't a murder investigation," they said.

"This young lad has no previous history with the gardai and appears to be completely innocent," they added.

Marcella, a mother-of-three, said: "Calvin tried to put his hands up to protect himself, that's how they got injured. He was screaming that he was just a child but they would not stop.

"All you have to do is look at him to see how young and innocent he is," she added.

Calvin will be transferred to St James's Hospital, Dublin, to have surgery on tendons in his hands that were torn as he tried to defend himself.

Gardai have appealed for anyone with information on the attack to contact them.