A teacher was saved by a heroic pharmacist after he was stabbed outside the school gates by a group of children.
The unnamed teacher stumbled into a nearby pharmacy after he was stabbed in the back by students at Forest Gate School in east London.
As staff rushed over to help him, the teacher, described as an African man of average build in his 40s, told them he had only been working at the school for around two weeks.
He recognised some of his attackers, who were wearing school uniforms, but not all of them.
A woman who works as a dispenser at Sharman’s Pharmacy,
A woman who works as a dispenser at Sharman’s Pharmacy, but asked not to be named, said: ‘He ran inside and said, “Help! I’m a teacher at the school and I’ve just been stabbed.”
‘There was blood all over the floor. He had been stabbed in the back.
‘We quickly called the police and the ambulance, and a man from the health centre over the road came to help.
‘The emergency services were here almost immediately and they took him away.’
Dr Parvesh Patel, a pharmacist at Sharman’s sister shop Mansons Pharmacy, added: ‘I guess he thought a pharmacy was the safest place to be.’
‘He said he had been stabbed with a long knife, but I didn’t see it.
‘I immediately applied pressure to the wound, which was on his back.
‘There’s always the worry of death after a stabbing, as people can bleed out. You just never know what the outcome is going to be.
‘The people at the pharmacy called the police and ambulance, and when the police turned up, I told the officer to apply pressure so I could go get supplies from the health centre.
‘By this point my arms were covered in blood.
‘I brought back a defibrillator, just in case, and a heart monitor to check his vitals.
‘The ambulance arrived about five minutes later.’
Gulzarin Iqbal, 27, ended up covered in blood after tending to the wounded man after he was stabbed in the back with a long knife outside Forest gate School in east London.
Mr Iqbal, a physician associate at the nearby Lord Lister Health Centre, said: ‘I had finished with patients for the day and was doing paperwork when I heard people arguing outside.
‘It sounded like a man and a group of younger people.
‘Their voices were raised, but I thought it might be just a normal altercation – it is east London.
‘But then I heard someone scream and so I ran outside to see what was happening.
‘By this time the group had gone, but I could see people in the pharmacy. I ran across the road and there was a man lying face down on the floor.
‘There was a lot of blood.’
Police later confirmed that the man’s injuries are not life-threatening.
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