Steven Hughes, 32, Greenock
Steven Hughes was 25 and on leave from the Territorial Army, when he was stabbed in an unprovoked knife attack by a stranger whilst withdrawing money from a cash machine in Greenock.
The knife attack took place in September 2005, and happened just yards from his father’s house. He was chased and felt a sharp pain in his right side. When Steven began to struggle, he was stabbed again, twice behind his knee, collapsing and later passing out.
Steven was found and taken away in an ambulance, only regaining consciousness in the hospital. Steven sustained injuries that involved having eight major operations over the coming months and resulted in him having his leg amputated in December 2005.
Steven said, “I left the hospital and really depended on my family as I couldn’t leave the house. I suffered post-traumatic stress disorder and developed a temper I’d never had before.”
Finding it difficult to escape the fateful night, Steven had flashbacks and nightmares for months after the attack, which only added to his growing frustrations.
After a lot of encouragement from his sister, who hated seeing her brother feel this way, Steven decided not to let the knife attack and his injuries take over his life more than they already had, and went back to college to study holistic therapy. Steven found a talent and real interest in holistics, which was noticed by his tutor who further encouraged him to specialise in the subject. Steven has now qualified and also teaches a local swim team, offering support and advice to others with disabilities.
Steven said, “It took me a long time to get to where I am now. I’ll never be able to escape what happened to me, but I would ask anyone that carries a knife to think twice about it. And for those who see others with a knife, tell someone about it – there’s always someone to listen to you.”
It took me a long time to get to where I am now. I’ll never be able to escape what happened to me, but I would ask anyone that carries a knife to think twice about it.Steven, 32, Greenock