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TWO paramedics who were stabbed while on a 999 callout have relived the terrifying moment they were knifed.

Deena Evans, 39, and Michael Hipgrave were knifed as they responded to concerns for welfare earlier this month, to a home in Wolverhampton.

Michael and Deena had appeared on Inside the Ambulance together shortly before the attack
Michael and Deena had appeared on Inside the Ambulance together shortly before the attack
Deena has desrcibed how her medical knowledge made the situation even scarier, as she knew what was going on
Deena has desrcibed how her medical knowledge made the situation even scarier, as she knew what was going on
Michael Hipgrave described the moment he was reunited with hero colleagues who tended to his injuries
Michael Hipgrave described the moment he was reunited with hero colleagues who tended to his injuries

Horrified witnesses described hearing a “blood-curdling scream” after the medics entered the property, with Deena stabbed in the chest and Michael in his side.

Deena said: “We do have medical knowledge, so to hear what’s happening to you and not be able to do anything is scary.”

After receiving medical treatment at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, both are in “good spirits” as they continue their recovery.

Mick said: “We had quite an emotional meeting with the staff involved [in treating us], with lots of tears, talking and questions.

“Although we already knew how difficult it would be for them being clinicians ourselves, being friends as well must have made it doubly hard.”

They say they have been inundated with messages of love from colleagues and members of the public, for which they are extremely grateful.

Deena said: “We wanted to say a massive thank you to the hospitals involved.

“The treatment we received at the QE in Birmingham was honestly amazing, along with the support we’ve had from our local hospital New Cross. You can’t comprehend how good everyone has been.

“The treatment we’ve had and the support has just been amazing – so thank you.”

A witness said the emergency services acted “professionally,” adding: “It must have been hard dealing with your own colleagues, I don’t know how you’d keep so calm.”

Just before the attack, the pair had recently appeared on Inside the Ambulance together, filmed helping an elderly man, 71-year-old Frank, who was suffering chest pains.

West Midlands Police tased and arrested the suspected knifeman shortly after the attack.

At the time, Michael’s son Tom took to Twitter, writing: “My dad was one of the paramedics stabbed in Wolverhampton.

“It’s awful you can’t be safe at work. Hope you get better dad.”

Both paramedics had been working tirelessly throughout the pandemic, with Deena posting on social media to share her love of her work, even during the coronavirus crisis.

She wrote: “We are not immune and are still at risk, yet we risk ourselves coming to treat you, paramedics get sick, paramedics die, and all to treat you.”

The mum added: “Please, from all of us, stay indoors, wash your hands, and keep clapping.”

Michael, as seen on Inside the Ambulance
Michael, as seen on Inside the Ambulance
Deena and Michael say they have been inundate with support
Deena and Michael say they have been inundate with support
Deena had recently posted on social media about how much she loved her job
Deena had recently posted on social media about how much she loved her job
Police at the scene of the attack earlier this month
Police at the scene of the attack earlier this month
The pair were called to do a welfare check at a home in Wolverhampton
The pair were called to do a welfare check at a home in Wolverhampton
Deena and Michael thanked their colleagues for all the amazing work they did helping to keep them both safe
Deena and Michael thanked their colleagues for all the amazing work they did helping to keep them both safe
Stabbed paramedics, Michael Hipgrave and Deena Evans, appear in promotional video for Inside the Ambulance





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