Bourke Street Survivor 'Lucky To Be Alive' After Being Stabbed In Neck
Security guard Shadi has spoken of his terror after being stabbed in the neck during last week's Bourke Street attack.
Shadi, 26, was working as a guard on the busy Melbourne street when Hassan Khalif Shire Ali crashed his car, laden with gas bottles, on Friday afternoon.
"It was like any other day. Out of nowhere, I saw a car on fire. I thought there was innocent people in the vehicle. I tried to go to assist," Shadi said, in an interview provided by Victoria Police.
"I didn't know what was going on. There was a loud explosion, everyone screaming, running, then out of nowhere I got attacked from the guy running around with a knife stabbing people."
Shire Ali was shot by two rookie police officers, and later died in hospital -- but not before he stabbed several people, including Shadi, and popular cafe owner Sisto Malaspina.
"No-one deserves to get hurt in that city," Shadi said.
Malaspina died at the scene, but Shadi -- who said he was stabbed in the neck, head and shoulder -- managed to flee the scene.
"Out of nowhere. I didn't even have time to react, straight away stabbed me, tried to kill me," Shadi said.
"Lucky I got away. I tried to fend the attacker off, I couldn't defend myself anymore, there was too much blood on me."
"It felt like a punch but inside my body, like someone jabbed me really hard with a blunt knife."
"I couldn't physically see out of the left side. I knew i had to get out of there."
Shadi managed to flee the scene, holding his neck. He managed to grab his jacket, using it to stem the bleeding. He said a police officer was quickly at his side, helping to keep pressure on the bleeding wound.
"I don't know his name but he was there with me holding my neck throughout the journey until we got to the Royal Melbourne [hospital]," Shadi said.
"I'd like to thank the police officer who assisted me. He held my neck all the way from Bourke street to the Royal Melb hospital, putting pressure on my wound. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, thank you very much."
"I'm very lucky to be alive."
Shadi said he called his family and girlfriend from the hospital.
"Mum went crazy over the phone, started crying," he said.
"[I've] just been spending time with family as much as I can, having their support around me... I just want to spend time with the family, calm them down, my mother and my girlfriend."
Shadi said his experience has strengthened a long-held desire to become a police officer.
"Ever since I was little, I loved police, protecting and serving people," he said.
"I want to push to become a police officer. what happened on Friday just makes me more want to protect and serve the public."
"Thank you everyone who showed their support and love."