Stabbing Victim Speaks Out, 1 Still On Life Support, 3 More In ICU
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Many people are still recovering from injuries they suffered during Wednesday’s stabbing at Franklin Regional High School.
The Murrysville Police Chief said specifics couldn’t be released about those being treated; however we do know that one student went back in for surgery around 1 a.m.
Some others were also released from area hospitals Wednesday, but all eyes are on a 17-year-old boy who was taken to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital and remains on life support.
As of 7 a.m., officials said he was still in critical condition.
As for the condition of others being treated:
UPMC Mercy and UPMC East hospitals:
–6 people discharged
–2 teens in fair condition
–3 teens released
–3 teens in the ICU – 2 are on ventilators
–2 teenagers went home today and 2 others are going home this weekend
–1 adult treated and released
“The message that he would like to share is that he really wants some justice and that we need to try to prevent these types of tragedies,” said Joanne Witkowski, aunt to the teen still on life support.
Press Conference With Stabbing Victim Brett Hurt (Pt. 1)
Stabbing victim Brett Hurt recalled the chaos of Wednesday’s stabbing incident, saying he didn’t even know what was going on as he was walking down the hall with his friend.
“She was screaming and I was just standing there … I didn’t know what was going on,” he said during a press conference at Forbes Hospital.
Reporters asked him Thursday what was going on in his mind as the events unfolded.
“What was going through my mind: Will I survive or will I die?” he said.
Hurt’s mother, Amanda Leonard, tearfully addressed reporters during the press conference, glad that her son would be OK, but still jarred by the previous day’s events.
Press Conference With Stabbing Victim Brett Hurt (Pt. 2)
“To know that my son made it and to know so far that every parent can be blessed to know that their child is still here, to me, that’s a godsend,” she said.
“When my daughter called me at work yesterday freaking out, and told me that my son was on the list of victims, I dropped,” she added.
Hurt also theorized as to why his classmate would have going on such a stabbing rampage.
“I’ve been thinking, maybe if he had more friends or somebody to help him out or, like, to show him a different path, it would have been different,” he said.
Doctors Chris Kaufmann and Mark Rubino also talked about making sure that stabbing victims received proper counseling, in addition to medical treatment, saying they would combine services in the Allegheny Health Network with community resources as well.
Press Conference With Stabbing Victim Brett Hurt (Pt. 3)
Although the pain is still fresh, Hurt says he hopes to one day forgive his attacker.
“I just hope … I can forgive him and everyone else who got hurt can forgive him,” Hurt said. “Most of all, he needs to forgive himself.”
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