A father of six, Steven Higginson, 33, was stabbed eight times as he waited for his children outside a primary school, and feared that he would die in front of his children, Mirror reports.
On November 2014, at around 3:30 p.m. an argument started between Steven and 42-year-old Barry Parkes that escalated into a life-threatening brawl. The man stabbed the father of six eight times in the chest and on the side.
Dad-of-six stabbed 8 TIMES outside school thought he was going to die in front of his children http://t.co/hHSPFJ9j55 pic.twitter.com/EZZ6sidzit"I thought he was punching me for a start. I didn't feel anything," Higginson told reporters at the Manchester Evening News.
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"It wasn't until I lifted my jumper up and blood started pouring from my body I realized I'd been stabbed."Parkes was immediately taken into custody where he admitted to causing bodily harm to the victim. However, he stated that Steven Higginson attacked him first.
"My hands were covered in red and there was blood all over the car bonnet."
Steven claims that "It all happened in a matter of seconds so I didn't really know what was going on.
"When I saw all the blood I shouted to my friend to help me.""I didn't want my kids to see me like that. My mate stopped me and said I had to go to the school. I walked through all the children and parents to the building and you could tell no one knew what had just happened," he continued.
"I was half collapsing but I still went to get back in my car."
"My kids were the only thing I could think about."Higginson made a full recovery thanks to the help of a nearby caretaker who came to his aide after he collapsed to the ground.
"They saw the blood pouring out of the holes in my side."
"I'm angry that it happened in front of my kids and all the other children."
"They should never have witnessed what happened that day."
I thought I'd die in front of my kids says dad stabbed eight times at Salford primary school http://t.co/11RM5AthGS pic.twitter.com/qrYwOq2l0n"The caretaker was amazing. He knew exactly what to do and held the wounds. But there were so many he even said he ran out of hands," the stabbed father said.
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"As I was bleeding I could feel myself getting weaker and weaker. I thought that was it. My kids were on my mind constantly.Parkes appeared in Manchester Crown Court to start his trial today, but he won't learn his fate until June 9. Until then, he will remain in custody.
"It was thinking of them that got me through."
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