A paramedic who was knifed in the chest during a 999 call has returned to work after making an incredible recovery.
Deena Evans, 39, was attacked alongside her colleague while treating a patient in Wolverhampton on July 6.
At the time, shocking pictures showed her being treated by colleagues before she was rushed to hospital for treatment to injuries including a chest wound and nerve damage.
But three months on, the paramedic has returned to work after making an amazing recovery and was pictured at her first shift back on Friday (October 16).
West Midlands Ambulance Service shared a picture of her smiling standing next to an ambulance, writing: “We spy a familiar face. Today was her first day back on the road since the incident, she had crew mate Charlie looking after her.”
Evans, who starred in TV show Inside the Ambulance, said: “My recovery is going well. I’m still receiving physio and counselling but it’s helping. I still have numbness in my arm but it so far hasn’t affected my job.
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“My first day I was really nervous, I felt sick and felt like I couldn’t breathe but all the staff helped me, and my crew mate always makes me laugh so it was a good shift.
“The public support has been phenomenal, it really has been overwhelming. It certainly brings back faith in humanity, and I’m glad to be back doing my job.”
We spy a familiar face ☺️👋🏽💚
You may remember paramedic Deena, who was stabbed whilst attending a patient with her crew mate Mick in #Wolverhampton back in the summer.
Today was her first day back on the road since the incident, she had crew mate Charlie looking after her 🚑 pic.twitter.com/JNxNP4gdGb
— West Midlands Ambulance Service #HelpUsHelpYou (@OFFICIALWMAS) October 15, 2020
Evans and her colleague Michael Hipgrave, 51, were both attacked after they were called to check on the welfare of a man.
Neighbours described hearing “blood curdling screams” and the ambulance workers shouting “please help, he’s got a knife” during the incident.
Hipgrave was discharged from hospital later the same evening after suffering a back injury, while Evans spent another two days receiving treatment.
She has previously told how she was left haunted by the incident, describing how she relives it every time she closes her eyes.
She said: “You just can’t get it out your head and it’s getting over that stage, being able to put it to bed, and at the minute, I don’t think I’m there.
“We’ve had support from the Trust, we’ve got things in place to deal with what happened.
“There’s not enough thank you’s in the world for everybody for the well wishes.”
Hipgrave also told how the incident had taken its toll on his family and friends.
Bertrand Levrat, CEO of Geneva University Hospitals, which counts 12,000 personnel, says Europe overall faces a “turning point” at a time when Switzerland too is fighting a second wave of coronavirus cases that grew in large part out of a summertime lull in which people let down their guard about the highly infectious pandemic.
“The virus doesn’t spread alone — we are the ones who spread it. It’s a line that we don’t repeat enough,” Levrat said from his office overlooking Geneva, a surgical mask tucked into his jacket pocket. “Today, the stakes center on how much people are going to follow health measures that allow most people, and economies, and life in general, to get through this.”
“If we don’t get a handle on this, we run the risk of getting into a situation that’s harder to control,” he said. “We are really at a turning point — things can go both ways. Health services need to look for ways to keep up contact tracing (and) to succeed in getting a grasp on the chains of transmission.”
The Swiss benefit from a relatively rich population in a less densely populated country. Switzerland, at more than 8.6 million people, has a smaller population than the metropolitan areas of Paris and London, for example. The country, along with Germany, has generally been seen as coping better than some of its European neighbors in battling the pandemic.
But that may be changing. The Alpine nation has confirmed more than 71,000 cases and over 1,800 deaths from coronavirus, and new cases are rolling at more than 1,000 per day recently — hitting a record 3,105 on Friday. Its infection rates are now among the highest in Europe. While Switzerland isn’t in the European Union, its fortunes and fate are closely tied to the bloc, and the virus knows no borders.
Population centers in Zurich, Lausanne and its Vaud region, the Italian-speaking Ticino region and Geneva have been hardest hit. Now, the less dense canton Schwyz — at the heart of the birthplace of the Swiss confederation — is reportedly facing the country’s biggest spike in cases.
The Geneva University Hospitals have hired hundreds of new staffers in recent months. On Thursday, they announced stepped-up recruitment, testing and lab services in response to the second wave.
“I think we are quite well prepared, even though it was a huge challenge to every one of us, and a huge stress on
Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette will return to Washington, D.C., after two members of his security detail tested positive for the coronavirus.
Brouillette tested negative and is not showing symptoms but he and his staff will return to the city by car “out of an abundance of caution,” Energy Department spokesperson Shaylyn Hynes said in a statement late Thursday.
Hynes said that Brouillette will follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The department did not immediately respond to The Hill’s question about specific precautions the secretary would take.
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– DOE Press Staff (@EnergyPress) October 16, 2020
According to the CDC, people who come into close contact with those who test positive should stay home for 14 days and keep a distance of at least six feet from others at all times.
The Energy secretary was slated to be in Ohio on Friday and be part of a roundtable with industry leaders on the future of energy jobs in the region.
He was also expected to meet with stakeholders regarding a proposed petrochemical complex.
Earlier this week, Brouillette attended an event in Tennessee with Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee (R). A member of Lee’s security detail has also tested positive for the coronavirus.