Doner kebab saved my life

PUBLISHED: 09:00 14 May 2012

James Hobbs with Kebab.

James Hobbs with Kebab.


A FATHER who came within inches of death after his throat was slashed has re-lived the incredible moments when he saved his own life - by stemming the flow of blood with a doner kebab.

James Hobbs was lucky to survive after losing six pints of blood when he was attacked by neighbour Jamie Edney in a row at the block of flats where they live.

Edney, aged 36, has now been jailed for five-and-a-half years by a judge at Bristol Crown Court after jurors convicted him of causing grievous bodily harm to 38-year-old Mr Hobbs.

And in the wake of the sentencing, Mr Hobbs has spoken to the Mercury of the frightening moments when he thought he was dying from the wound inflicted by Edney - and the unique method he used to save his life.

The drama had unfolded after Mr Hobbs had spent an afternoon watching football in the pub with his cousin Jonathan Clifton on January 15 last year.

After the match, the pair headed to James’ flat in Charlotte Court, Highbridge, after making a stop at their local kebab shop, Tasty Bite, in Market Street.

Earlier that day, the father-of-one had had an argument with his partner and decided to find out how she was by speaking to neighbours, including Edney.

Mr Hobbs said: “There was a group of us in the block who were all friends.”

I went downstairs and with the kebab in one hand I fell into Jamie’s door. I knocked the door three times and once with my foot.

“He came out with his arms by his sides. He was very defensive and I thought he was hiding something.

“It happened so fast, there was no Hollywood build-up. He swung at me straight away with a knife.”

Edney’s attack cut deep into Mr Hobb’s throat, just missing his voice box, and knocked him to the ground.

Unemployed Mr Hobbs said: “I kept thinking ‘I’m not going out like this’. I instantly knew I was in trouble but I knew I had to keep calm.

To stem the blood flow I put the unopened kebab to my throat. I did think I was going to die.

“I think if I didn’t have it in my hand I may have died. It saved my life.

“I have a six-year-old girl called Molly and I remember thinking about her and it gave me a real serene, calm moment. Being crazed and angry would not have helped me.”

Cousin Jonathan, of Huntspill Road, Highbridge, ran to James’ flat on the top floor to get a towel and call the emergency services.

The 38-year-old said: “There was blood all up the walls, it was like a murder scene. I told him to stop talking and he would be OK but I thought he was going to die. I think if I wasn’t there as well he probably would have.”

Mr Hobbs woke up in Weston General Hospital the next day to be told he was lucky to be alive after suffering massive blood loss and needing 27 staples to close the gaping wound in his throat.

He said: “The doctor told me he did not know how I had survived.

“I’m very lucky to be alive but living with what has happened is another story. It’s mortified me.”

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