Girl, 7, stabbed by father meets police officers who saved her life

By Nisha Mal

A young girl, left seriously injured following a stabbing last year, has been reunited with the two police officers who saved her life.

Seven-year-old Noura was invited to attend an event with The Duke of Cambridge to mark Emergency Services Day - held annually to thank members of the emergency services and the NHS.

Noura thanked PC Ryan Legge and PC Ahmet Mavitunali, who gave her life-saving emergency treatment when her father brutally attacked her at his Brent home last year.

On 22 May 2020, the officers responded to concerns about the welfare of a man and his young daughter.

The man’s family in Austria received a photograph electronically of the two showing significant injuries.

Concerned, they made contact with a family friend in London who contacted the police.

They were unable to confirm the exact address, only a block of flats in Larch Road NW2.

The officers rushed to the location. They forced entry to several flats until they found the man and then six-year-old Noura.

They swiftly identified that Noura had suffered significant stab wounds to her neck and chest.

Had it not been for the officers’ quick thinking and administering of first aid, it’s very possible that Noura would not have survived.

She was taken to hospital in a serious condition and remained there for three months slowly recovering from her injuries.

Doctors initially feared that Noura would suffer serious neurological brain damage, but she has since made a full recovery and is doing really well.

Noura was unconscious when PC’s Legge and Mavitunali gave her life-saving assistance, so she had never actually seen them.

North West BCU Commander, Sara Leach, said: “I am immensely proud of Ahmet and Ryan, whose actions at the scene were crucial in helping Noura in this sad and shocking case.

“This was a violent assault on a young girl by a person who should have been looking after her. It is quite right that both officers be recognised for their quick thinking under what must have been extremely distressing circumstances. They, along with Noura, should be commended for their bravery and resilience.

“It is really special that Noura and the officers are able to meet at this event, and it will I’m sure be an emotional moment for all.”

Noura’s father, who was also found with self-inflicted stab wounds at the address, was taken to hospital in a serious condition.

Following his recovery, he was arrested and charged with attempted murder. He was jailed for 22 years.


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