Sunday, 7 Aug 2022

Girl, 7, reunited with officers who saved her life after she was stabbed by dad

A seven-year-old girl who was brutally stabbed by her dad in the neck and chest has met with the heroic police officers who saved her life.

Noura was just six at the time of the savage attack in May 2020. She also got to meet the Duke of Cambridge alongside the response officers who provided first aid.

Police responded to calls from her worried family in Austria after they were sent a photo online of both the father and daughter with horrific stab injuries.

The family made contact with a friend in London who then contacted police, who said they lived in a block of flats in Brent, north London.

PC Ryan Legge and PC Ahmed Mavitunali forced entry into several flats until they found the man and Noura.

The young girl received first aid from the officers before paramedics treating her injured dad took over. She was taken to hospital in a serious condition.

Despite worries that she might suffer serious neurological brain damage, she has thankfully made a full recovery after spending three months in hospital.

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It transpired that the father's stab wounds were self-inflicted. He was arrested and charged with attempted murder and subsequently jailed for 22 years.

Noura was unconscious when the officers gave her first aid but she wanted to meet them and thank them personally.

She was collected by the officers from school and taken to to an event marking Emergency Services Day, held annually to acknowledge emergency workers and the NHS.

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North West BCU Commander, Sara Leach, said: "I am immensely proud of Ahmet and Ryan, whose actions at the scene were crucial in helping Noura in this sad and shocking case.

"This was a violent assault on a young girl by a person who should have been looking after her.

"It is quite right that both officers be recognised for their quick thinking under what must have been extremely distressing circumstances.

"They, along with Noura, should be commended for their bravery and resilience.

"It is really special that Noura and the officers are able to meet at this event, and it will I'm sure be an emotional moment for all."

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