I was stabbed 14 times at the hospital where I work. I survived, but not everyone is so lucky


The attacker struck in the foyer of Melbourne’s Western Hospital on an otherwise ordinary Tuesday morning.

I’d just arrived, and had my mobile phone out to ring my registrar to ask whether I had time to nick up to the wards and see my patients, or whether I needed to go straight to the outpatient clinic.

At first I thought I’d been pushed in the back. Then I slipped on my own blood and fell to the floor. I was being stabbed, over and over again. I remember turning my head so a blow coming at my eye instead landed on my skull. Being a neurosurgeon,