‘I didn’t think I was being a hero, I just saw a man needed my help’ – Watch heroic moment an off-duty nurse battles to save the life of a builder after he was stabbed and left for dead

May 18, 2016 | by | 0 Comments

This is the moment an heroic off-duty nurse battled to save the life of a builder after he was stabbed in the street and left for dead.

The clip shows Abigail Bamber, 26, on her knees giving CPR as the 41-year-old victim, who is covered in blood, gasps for breath. 

Witnesses said the man died and was brought back to life as the good Samaritan tended to him while waiting for an ambulance to arrive.

Abigail is thought to have treated the man for around five minutes before paramedics took over after being called to the scene at around 6.40pm on Monday.

A 32-year-old man has been charged with attempted murder following the incident in Easton, Bristol.

(Paddy Royal / SWNS)

(Paddy Royal / SWNS)

The victim was rushed in a life-threatening condition to Southmead Hospital, Bristol, following the altercation and remains in a critical but stable condition, police said.

Other shocking photos show the victim with his jeans cut apart and hooked up to breathing apparatus as paramedics treat him.

The man who filmed the video, who asked not to be named, said: “I didn’t see the stabbing. We were driving past at the time.

“The man was walking around in the middle of the road and he collapsed.

“My friend performed CPR. It must have been for about five minutes until the ambulance got there.

(Paddy Royal / SWNS)

(Paddy Royal / SWNS)

“No one wanted to help at all but she helped within seconds. He was passing away but she kept it up.

“I don’t know how he is getting on now but he would have died if she wasn’t there.

“Everyone was doing their job so no one said anything to her, not even a thank you. ”

Kozma Dhaskali, of Stapleton Road, was today (Weds) due to appear at Bristol Magistrates Court charged with attempted murder.

The heroic off-duty nurse yesterday said: “I just acted as if he was on my ward.”

Abigail was driving back from a day out shopping in the city centre with a friend when she saw a man stumbling across the road.

The staff nurse who was on a day off for her 26th birthday – which she celebrated two days earlier – got her friend to pull over and saw the man fall to the floor.

After discovering he wasn’t breathing, she immediately began CPR before handing over to the paramedics when they arrived.


Abigail, a nurse on a surgical ward at Bristol’s Southmead Hospital, dismissed suggestions she was a hero and said she “just went into nurse mode”.

Speaking from the ward where she works yesterday she said: “I was just driving down the road – my friend was driving – and we saw him stumbling across the road.

“Basically I noticed from a distance that he looked a bit distressed and as I got closer I could see that he was bleeding.

“I got my friend to pull over. I walked over to see if there was anything I could do.

“I noticed that obviously he was not in a very good way.

“By the time I got there he was already on the floor.

“He wasn’t very well so as soon as I possibly could I started administering CPR.

“It all went into a blur really.

“I checked for his pulse and his airways and things like that and started chest compressions.

“I can’t remember how long I did it for. I stopped when the ambulance team got there.

“They took over and started doing their bit. I could see he was breathing but I didn’t know anything else as I went to wash my hands.

“They took over and shortly after he went into an ambulance and got blue lighted up to Southmead Hospital.

“I waited around for a little bit to see if there was anything the police wanted to say or do, but I went home.

“I went to bed not too long afterwards because I felt absolutely exhausted.

“I think because my adrenaline was going I was on a bit of a comedown.

“I came into work today and I didn’t know what had happened until then.”

Abigail Bamber (SWNS)

Abigail Bamber (SWNS)

Abigail added: “I think most nurses go into nursing because it is a vocation – not a job.

“When things like that happen, you immediately go into nurse mode.

“I can’t speak for everyone, but I think you are a nurse, or you are not.

“I like to think it just comes a bit naturally in a way.

“I didn’t look at it as I was being a hero. I just saw a man needed my help.

“If he was on my ward I would do the exact same thing for him.

“I was in nurse mode. I don’t think you ever shut that off.”

Asked if she ever thought of her own safety, she added: “You just go straight into nurse mode. I don’t think you think about these things.”

The video of Abigail saving the man was posted online and has since gone viral – but doesn’t show her face.

She said her mum, also a trained nurse, immediately recognised her and called to express her pride, while friends had been messaging to ask if it was her.

“My mum screamed when she saw it online,” she said.

Abigail, from Bristol, worked in retail for a few months when she finished school before doing a degree in nursing at University of the West of England.

She has been working in healthcare for North Bristol NHS Trust for seven years, and has been a qualified nurse for around three years.

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