Dad fought to save stabbed son (9) after terrifying attack in skate park
The father of a nine-year-old boy who was stabbed in a skate park has described his desperate efforts to keep his son alive.
The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, believes his son could have died if it was not for his first aid training.
He told the Bradford Telegraph & Argus: "(The boy) was on the brink of death.
"He cried out 'Help me Dad, I've been stabbed' - and then his eyes rolled back in his head.
"I thought I'd lost him."
The boy's father told the paper that his son left a trail of blood up to the back door of their house as he staggered home from the Carnegie skate park in Windhill, Shipley, West Yorkshire.
He said his son was stabbed twice - one blow hit his sternum and was deflected but the other went straight through his right arm.
The man described how he first applied pressure to the wound on his son's arm before checking for other injuries. He said he also lifted the youngster's legs above the level of his body until paramedics arrived.
He said his son had lost a lot of blood and he feared he may have lost him.
The man said he has been a trained first-aider for more than 20 years and believes this saved his son's life. He also said the speed of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance was a big help.
He said his son is a big fan of the BBC TV programmes Top Gear and Helicopter Heroes. He said he had asked him whether it was the same air ambulance that took Top Gear presenter Richard Hammond to hospital after his serious crash near York in 2006.
The man said his son loved using his scooter at the skate park and had never experienced any trouble there before.
He said the youngster has undergone surgery at Leeds General Infirmary and is in a stable condition.