& # 39; Without you I wouldn't be here & # 39 ;: Shopkeeper who nearly died after being stolen eight times in a theft, has an emotional reunion with the ambulance brothers who saved him
- A shopkeeper who nearly died during a robbery reunites with men who saved him
- Steve Van Meeteren, 41, was stabbed eight times during a robbery in Wyong
- He fought tears when he was reunited with Geoff Barnes and Graham Andrews
A shopkeeper from the Central Coast who almost died after being stabbed eight times during a robbery, had an emotional reunion with the men who saved him.
Steve Van Meeteren, 41, continued to fight for his life after being stabbed eight times in a crumbled robbery in Carmichael & # 39; s Corner Store in Wyong on April 2.
On Tuesday, the 41-year-old fought tears when he was reunited with paramedics Geoff Barnes and Graham Andrews who worked tirelessly to save his life.
Steve Van Meeteren, 41 (photo), continued to fight for his life after being stabbed eight times during a ruined robbery at Carmichael & # 39; s Corner Store in Wyong on April 2
& # 39; I want to thank you very much because I wouldn't be here without you & # 39 ;, said Van Meeteren in the emotional reunion he recorded on 9News.
The emergency response team was called to the store by an unknown customer, who found the father of the three in a pool of his own blood.
Police started resuscitation until Mr. Barnes and Mr. Andrews arrived.
They took over and hurried Mr Van Meeteren to a Careflight helicopter in nearby Baker Park.
Before emergency services were able to transport the 41-year-old to Royal North Shore Hospital, they had to replace the blood he had lost in the ordeal.
Doctors did not waste time and drilled Mr Van Meeteren's bone marrow before the flight so that they could administer a rapid blood transfusion.
They were able to infuse plasma and blood within minutes before taking him to the hospital.
Mr. Van Meeteren almost died after being stabbed eight times during a robbery in Wyong
On Tuesday Mr. Van Meeteren fought tears when he was reunited with paramedics Geoff Barnes and Graham Andrews who worked tirelessly to save his life
On Tuesday, Mr Barnes described how the situation suddenly became critical to Mr Van Meeteren, who said he could not remember the incident.
Colleague paramedic, Mr. Andrews told the 41-year-old he was lucky the emergency & # 39; machine & # 39; kicked in and performed smoothly as it should be.
& # 39; Unfortunately you were not long in this world in the state where you were – so we brought you here and waited for the helicopter & # 39 ;, said Andrews.
Mr Van Meeteren, who has been working in the store for more than 10 years, said he would not take a step back in the store for the time being.
& # 39; I just thought I'd die, & # 39; he said.