Hero nurse speaks out after footage of her ushering patients to safety during hospital knife attack goes viral
Recently, in Leicester, England, an armed man caused havoc in the emergency room of Leicester Royal Infirmary. The man responsible, Yusuf Aka, was jailed last week for the stabbing of a man outside the hospital, before he threatened others and caused damage to a waiting room around 2 am on January 16.
In court, Aka admitted to causing grievous bodily harm, wounding, affray, and possession for an offensive weapon. For these charges, he was given sentences of five years and 16 months, to be served concurrently. However, it wasn't just his actions that caused the CCTV footage of the incident to go viral, but the response from the medical staff.
In the footage, which has now been shared across Twitter and Facebook, you can see the nurses promptly getting their patients out of the area when Aka entered the room, knife drawn. Then, one nurse risks her life, coming close to the attacker to help get the last of the patients away from him.
You can see the dramatic ordeal in the video below (he enters the hospital at around 53 seconds):
The nurse in question is Caroline Clayton-Barker, who has been hailed as a hero for her actions. However, she sees it differently. She recently spoke to the BBC, where she said:
"As soon as I realised he was going to cause havoc I just said, 'right everybody out'.
"I don't feel brave, it's just your job, it's your duty of care to protect your patients. It was like a horror film, glistening in the light, the blade in the street lights. It's very scary to watch back."
Detetvie Constable Chris Symmonds praised the staff of the hospital, stating:
"The actions of members of staff who quickly took control of the situation, and led people out of his way without a thought for their own safety, was commendable, and they should be proud of what they accomplished."
Regardless, Caroline, simply said: "It's just my job, another day at work, but it's nice to be acknowledged."