Kaitlin Jones, 23, remains in serious but stable condition after a teenager allegedly assaulted her while sunbathing on Blacks Beach near Mackay, on Queensland’s north coast, on Monday
A young woman has spoken from her hospital bed after being stabbed in the head, chest and neck while sunbathing on a quiet beach.
Kaitlin Jones, 23, remains in a serious but stable condition after a teenager allegedly assaulted her while she was topless on Blacks Beach near Mackay, on the north coast of Queensland, on Monday.
The local barber was bleeding profusely and screaming for help when a nearby construction worker Gavin Odgaard came to her rescue.
Ms Jones was then rushed to Mackay Base Hospital and treated for ‘severe cuts’ before the 16-year-old alleged attacker turned himself in to police.
Jones’s close friend, Nic Gal, has since set up a GoFundMe page to support 23-year-old and her fiancé Dylan Gorham as she recovers.
Ms Jones responded to the fundraiser on Wednesday, saying: ‘Thank you so much Nic, means the world’.
The GoFundMe has raised over $8,000 to date with nearly 100 people donating.
“This tragic event has left her in a serious but stable condition in hospital and unable to work,” wrote Mr Gal.
Kaitlin Jones (left) pictured with her fiancé Dylan Jay Gorham (right) was reportedly assaulted while sunbathing on the beach
Her rescuer Gavin Odgaard said the victim told him she had seen someone walking past her on the lonely beach a few minutes before the attack (pictured).
“By donating to Kaitlin and Dylan, we can make this difficult time a little less stressful for both of them so they can focus on Kaitlin getting back to 100%.”
Ms Jones, who works as a hairdresser, spoke to a friend on the phone Tuesday morning to say she is “alive but tired of all the painkillers.”
“Still very shocked but she’s a strong girl – still can’t believe it,” the friend, who did not want to be identified, told the Daily Mail Australia.
“She’s in the hospital and okay.”
The friend explained that Ms. Jones’s fiancé is a FIFO employee and gave up his job at a mining site early Tuesday morning to return to her hospital bed.
“Her parents would be there too, thank goodness,” she added.
Kaitlin Jones’ fiancé Dylan Gorham (pictured together) is a FIFO employee and rushed to stand by her side after the alleged attack
The teen was charged with acts intended to cause grievous bodily harm and appeared briefly before the Mackay Children’s Court on Tuesday, when his case was adjourned to a later date.
Police believe the attack was unprovoked.
Moments after she was allegedly stabbed, a bloodied Mrs. Jones crawled to the top of a nearby sand dune where she managed to get up and scream for help.
Her rescuer said if the knife had landed an inch from where it landed, the young beachgoer could have died.
Carpenter Odgaard, 58, who had been working at a nearby construction site, heard a commotion and sprinted toward her as colleagues called police.
The victim’s screams alarmed carpenter Gavin Odgaard, 58, (pictured) who was working on a nearby construction site, who then sprinted toward her as colleagues called police
She yelled ‘Help! Help! I need help!’ and the urgency of her voice pushed me to action,” he told Daily Mail Australia.
“There was blood running down the side of her face, down her legs and arms, and she had a blood-soaked towel pressed to her chest.
“The first thing she said was, ‘I’ve been stabbed, I’ve been stabbed – I don’t want to die, I don’t want to die…’
“It didn’t become clear how serious it was until I was within 8-10 meters and I could see all her injuries.”
The father of two is a trained first aider and treated injuries to her face, head, neck, chest and legs to stop the blood flow while waiting for emergency services to arrive.
He said Mrs. Jones was covered in multiple stab wounds, each about two to two inches wide, but amazingly, the knife had jumped off her sternum, saving her life.
Just a few millimeters deeper or to the side and the savage stab wounds could have been fatal, he said.
Mr Ordgaard said she told him she saw someone walking past her on the lonely beach a few minutes before the alleged attack.
Local hairdresser Kaitlin Jones (pictured) crawled to the top of a nearby sand dune where she managed to stand and scream for help
Minutes later, she saw a man standing over her.
“She’d seen him walk by,” Mr. Odgaard said.
“Then within five minutes she said she’d found him above her and stabbed her.
“It was just a random selection of victims. They make that stuff for horror movies – but apparently it happens in real life too.
“She had been sunbathing topless on her back on the sand, so I don’t know if this triggered it in any way, but it’s just bizarre.”