An 18-year-old college student has been left fighting for his life after being stabbed three times near the college he is studying at.
Mohammed Abdullah Al-Maahir was attacked in broad daylight near Joseph Chamberlain College, Birmingham, and was stabbed three times, once to the chest, once to his side which damaged his lung and once to the stomach.
A 16-year-old was arrested following the stabbing on suspicion of wounding and was released on police bail.
The victim’s family have now released a photograph of Mohammed lying in his hospital bed to encourage witnesses to come forward.
His devastated mother, Saima, also criticised West Midlands Police for not ensuring adequate security measures for Mohammed at the hospital .
She said: “We feel extremely let down by police. There has been no security measures put in place at the hospital whatsoever.
“We have had to inform the hospital about what happened and we are the ones who have asked them to stop anyone from visiting him.
“I was contacted by the college informing me of the incident as opposed to the police, of whom I have had a brief encounter with at A&E.
“All I have received up to this point is a text message on Wednesday with the crime reference number and another relative spoke to a detective on the phone.”
“We suspect a number of other people may have been involved and we are hoping to meet officers later today.
“All I can see is my son lying there in that bed and it’s very hard to cope with.”
A relative also added that although Mohammed’s condition was improving, he remained psychologically damaged.
She said: “He was stabbed once in the chest, once in the side, which damaged his lung and once in the stomach. He has had to have part of his bowel removed because of the stomach injury and the hospital staff said they will have to wait to see the full extent of the damage.
“They are looking to do another scan in a few days to check. The medical staff says he is making good progress though, but he is in a lot of pain and is psychologically traumatised about what happened.
“He is also concerned that he may be attacked again and so are we.
“We know this could have been so much worse, but we still think some security should be put in place.”
A spokeswoman for West Midlands Police said: “Police were called to reports an 17-year-old boy had been stabbed in Belgrave Road, Balsall Heath, at around 11.15am on Monday (9 January).
“He was taken to hospital with injuries to his stomach; his condition is not life threatening.
“A 16-year-old boy from Lozells was arrested from his home address just before 7pm on suspicion of wounding; he has been bailed until a date in March while police conduct more enquiries.
“CCTV is being examined and local officers are carrying out reassurance patrols in the area.”