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Just ten days after her Australian holiday, Constanza & # 39; Kuki & # 39; Escudero (photo) were stabbed in broad daylight in Gecko & # 39; s Backpackers Resort in Cairns

PICTURED: Chilean backpacker, 26, who & # 39; only ten days after arriving in Australia & # 39; was stabbed in the neck by a cleaner in her hostel & # 39;

  • Chilean backpacker was planning to work on a working holiday visa in Australia
  • She is lucky that she is still alive after being stabbed in Cairns on Monday
  • Constanza & # 39; Kuki & # 39; Escudero, 26, had only been in the country for ten days
  • Police say she is lucky she was alive when the knife passed the main vein millimeters
  • Escudero's best friend and traveling companion was treated for shock
  • The couple now hopes to return to Chile as quickly as possible, despite visas
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A Chilean backpacker who had plans to work in Australia is lucky that he lives after a cleaner at the hostel where she stayed, reportedly stabbed an 8 cm knife in her neck.

Just ten days after her Australian holiday, Constanza & # 39; Kuki & # 39; Escudero stabbed in broad daylight in Gecko & # 39; s Backpackers Resort in Cairns.

The 26-year-old backpacker was in the kitchen of the inner-city hostel on Monday around 11 a.m. when the cleaner reportedly took the knife from the communal kitchen.

A few nurses, who also stayed at the hostel, rushed to help her and provide first aid before being taken to Cairns Hospital.

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Just ten days after her Australian holiday, Constanza & # 39; Kuki & # 39; Escudero (photo) were stabbed in broad daylight in Gecko & # 39; s Backpackers Resort in Cairns

Just ten days after her Australian holiday, Constanza & # 39; Kuki & # 39; Escudero (photo) were stabbed in broad daylight in Gecko & # 39; s Backpackers Resort in Cairns

The 26-year-old backpacker was in the kitchen of the inner-city hostel on Monday around 11 a.m. when the cleaner reportedly took the knife from the communal kitchen

The 26-year-old backpacker was in the kitchen of the inner-city hostel on Monday around 11 a.m. when the cleaner reportedly took the knife from the communal kitchen

The 26-year-old backpacker was in the kitchen of the inner-city hostel on Monday around 11 a.m. when the cleaner reportedly took the knife from the communal kitchen

Mrs Escudero had surgery on Tuesday and remains in a stable state, Cairns Post reported.

Her best friend and traveling companion, 26-year-old Marisol Fernandez, stayed at her side in the hospital because her father would also arrive from Chile on Thursday.

Mrs. Fernandez witnessed the attack and was treated in the hospital for shock.

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Mrs. Escudero is now planning to return home to Chile as soon as possible, despite having a working holiday visa and planning to work in Australia.

The alleged perpetrator, Northern Territory man Raynard Gregory Moodonuthi, 36, fled the scene but was arrested shortly afterwards and charged with murder.

Cairns Police Detective Sergeant Brad McLeish said Escudero is lucky to live.

& # 39; These two NSW nurses, who were on holiday here, saw the victim run away and gave first aid despite the risk to themselves with the alleged perpetrator still nearby, & # 39; he said.

Mrs. Escudero had surgery on Tuesday and remains in a stable state at the Cairns hospital

Mrs. Escudero had surgery on Tuesday and remains in a stable state at the Cairns hospital

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Mrs. Escudero had surgery on Tuesday and remains in a stable state at the Cairns hospital

Mrs. Escudero stayed at Gecko & # 39; s Backpackers in Cairns (photo) when the cleaner reportedly put her in the kitchen

Mrs. Escudero stayed at Gecko & # 39; s Backpackers in Cairns (photo) when the cleaner reportedly put her in the kitchen

Mrs. Escudero stayed at Gecko & # 39; s Backpackers in Cairns (photo) when the cleaner reportedly put her in the kitchen

Detective senior sergeant Ed Kinbacher told reporters that the 26-year-old backpacker's injuries were serious.

He also said that her survival was a & # 39; pure fluke & # 39; was because large arteries in her neck were missed by & # 39; only millimeters & # 39 ;.

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& # 39; It just missed – just a few millimeters – the large arteries in the area, & # 39; he said.

Det Sgt Kinbacher said the victim and the alleged attacker did not know each other.

Her best friend and traveling companion, 26-year-old Marisol Fernandez (photo), stayed at her side in the hospital

Her best friend and traveling companion, 26-year-old Marisol Fernandez (photo), stayed at her side in the hospital

Her best friend and traveling companion, 26-year-old Marisol Fernandez (photo), stayed at her side in the hospital

& # 39; This is a terrible offense – a young woman who has just arrived in Cairns, here to enjoy what this community offers, and within a short period of time – no fault of her own – she finds herself with a life-threatening injury from a "stupid act of violence," he said.

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Mrs. Escudero and Mrs. Fernandez had only been in Australia for ten days and Cairns for three days when the attack took place.

Both are well traveled and planned to stay in Australia for a longer period of time and find work on a working holiday visa.

However, those plans have changed because Escudero hopes to return home as soon as possible.

The 26-year-old backpacker was in the kitchen of the inner city inn on Monday around 11 am (photo) when the cleaner reportedly took the knife from the communal kitchen

The 26-year-old backpacker was in the kitchen of the inner city inn on Monday around 11 am (photo) when the cleaner reportedly took the knife from the communal kitchen

The 26-year-old backpacker was in the kitchen of the inner city inn on Monday around 11 am (photo) when the cleaner reportedly took the knife from the communal kitchen

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