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Hero cabbie saved stabbed teenager's life

UPDATE 2.40pm: THE selfless and caring actions of cab driver Brett Fuller "saved the life" of Alexis Felstein when he rescued her from a knife attack making him a hero in the eyes of the victim.

"Sometimes you can tell just by looking at someone's face that they are a nice person," Alexis Felstein said.

"I think he was a hero".

Paul Felstein, the victim's father, used to be a taxi driver and knew it took real commitment it took to get out of cab to help someone in the dead of night who was being attacked with a knife.

"We are certain he saved her life," Mr Felstein said.

"For a gentle man he did something incredibly brave. A lot of taxi drivers would just drive away, because they are thinking about the next fair," he said.

Police have expressed the same view, with Richmond Local Area Command crime manager Cameron Lindsay saying Ms Felstein would have died were it not for Mr Fuller's actions.

After stopping and rescuing Ms Felstein, Mr Fuller also met up with police who commandeered his cab and rushed the victim to hospital.

He was also quick to reassure and calm Ms Felstein who was extremely distressed when she got in the cab.

But a modest Mr Fuller denied he was no hero, believing he only did what anybody else in a similar situation would have done.

"I can tell you a story about the bravest little girl I have ever met," he said.

Her ordeal was "the most horrific thing I have ever seen in my life. She is the bravest girl in the world," he said.

"She was covered in blood like you wouldn't believe, and screaming when she got in the cab," he said.

"She had the will to live, she never gave up. I'm not the hero," he said.

Mr Fuller went to school in Lismore and returned to town in 2012, after 15 years away. He has been a cab driver for about a year.

 

I thought I was going to die, there was so much blood

Alexis Felstein, 17

Stabbing victim Alexis Felstein, 17, and the hero cabbie that rescued her, Brett Fuller, at Lismore Base Hospital before Ms Felstein was transferred to the Gold Coast.
Stabbing victim Alexis Felstein, 17, and the hero cabbie that rescued her, Brett Fuller, at Lismore Base Hospital before Ms Felstein was transferred to the Gold Coast.

12.10pm: A TEENAGE girl says she thought she was going to die when she was attacked and stabbed eight times at Lismore at the weekend.

Alexis Felstein, 17, is this afternoon undergoing microsurgery at the Gold Coast University Hospital at Robina for deep wounds to her arms caused as she tried to defend against the attack at Lismore.

A 22-year-old man has been charged with attempted murder and grievous bodily harm over the attack.

"I thought I was going to die, there was so much blood," she told The Northern Star this morning.

The attack came to an end when taxi driver Brett Fuller interrupted the assault and Ms Felstein jumped into his cab.

Ms Felstein said she was grateful to the cabbie for his intervention.

"He called me brave, but I think he was the hero," she said

"He reassured me that I would be okay.

"I couldn't feel anything. Then I passed out. I woke up in hospital where I was getting a blood transfusion."

Police officers called to the scene commandeered Mr Fuller's taxi to rush Ms Felstein to Lismore Base Hospital, where she received initial treatment before being transferred to the Gold Coast.

Speaking form her hospital bed Ms Felstein was in good spirits considering the circumstances.

Her tongue was split during the attack so she was also speaking with the hindrance of stiches in her tongue.

She has received plenty of support from family and friends. Strangers had also been sending their best wishes she said.

The gashes to her arm damaged nerves and tendons that required specialist treatment.

If all goes to plan Ms Felstein said she hoped to be back in Lismore by the end of the week.

Topics:  crime, lismore, stabbing



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