A 46 years old Nurse whose name is given as David tried to save a suicide bomber after the Paris attack in France. However, he didn’t know the man was a suicide bomber.
David, was among the brave healthcare professionals who rushed to the centre of Paris after the terrorist attacked Paris.
When he arrived, he noticed one man lying on the floor in a tangle of tables and chairs and pulled him out so he could perform CPR.
At first he did not realise anything was different about the man, despite the fact he had a massive hole in his side.
In a Video released by Reuters, he recount the moment;
“I go to this man that I could out of the corner of my eye. I take him out of this tangle of chairs, tables, and I put him on the floor.
“He was unconscious, he had nothing special, but I noticed that on the side of his body there was an enormous hole. A large hole on his side. But there, again, I don’t think at all that it was a suicide bomber.
“At that moment, for me it’s a client like others who suffered from a gas blast and who must have hurt himself on something. But his wound was huge.
“I put him on the ground, I start performing a CPR, the other guy who was with me takes over from me. And at that point we had just unbuttoned the jacket, that’s all, we had kept his T-shirt on, it was not really thick.
“When I was performing the CPR I did not feel anything. And at some point, the guy performing the resuscitation with me tells me ‘maybe we should remove the T-shirt, it’s better.’ I tell him ‘yes, you are right’.
“And when I ripped his T-shirt I saw some wires.
“On the ground there was blood, and I noticed the first bolts on the ground. Then I understood immediately. I told myself, ‘it’s an explosion (that made the wound in his side), it’s a suicide bomber’ and I knew it was him. And at that precise moment when I realised what he was, the emergency services arrived.”
David said he had known the man was dead but was trying to save him nonetheless.
When the emergency services arrived a fireman noticed the wires and immediately realised the danger David had put himself in.
The bewildered nurse said: “I knew, I knew that he was dead but I told myself: “if there is a chance, why not? But without thinking it was him I that had done.
“At the moment I realised it was a suicide bomber, the emergency services and I did not have to deal with him anymore. I tried to assess what the damage was. It was when I told to the fireman that had recognised me “this man has lots of wires on him”, he screamed, he said: “Everyone get away, we evacuate everyone. And then we all went outside.”
He did not realise until two days after the attack how close to death he was, and said it still haunts him.
He said: “I am told (the next day), that yes he was the suicide bomber, he did blow himself up. he told me I was very lucky as they said on TV that his bomb did not explode like it should have done. Otherwise he would have caused much more damage.
“It was Sunday afternoon that I realised that by installing him on the ground, by performing a CPR – I performed some pretty rough actions – I could have got killed too. Completely. I think about it, I still think about it.”