Saturday, 21 November 2015

Nurse discovers the man he tried to save was a suicide bomber


Eric Gaillard David, a French nurse, delivered first aid to a suicide attacker, Brahim Abdeslam who blew himself up at the Comptoir Voltaire cafe during last week's Paris attacks.

In the chaos of the explosion at the Comptoir Voltaire cafe, one of several targets hit in the Nov. 13 Paris attacks, nurse David instinctively sought to help the wounded.

Among them was a man lying amid overturned chairs and tables. David laid him down. The man did not look to have massive injuries, but appeared unconscious, so David began CPR, the cardiopulmonary resuscitation he'd been trained for.

When he tore open the man's t-shirt, David quickly realised that what he initially thought was a gas explosion at the cafe close to the Bataclan music hall where gunmen killed 89, was actually something far worse.

"There were wires; one white, one black, one red and one orange. Four different colours," he told Reuters. "I knew then he was a suicide bomber."

In an amateur video obtained by Reuters, two men can be seen from outside the cafe trying to resuscitate a man lying on the floor. One is believed to be David, the other is unknown.

As soon as he realised the person he was trying to save had just tried to kill him, David says the fire services arrived. Among them was a fireman he knew. He told him what he had just seen. "He looked at me and started shouting for everyone to evacuate," he said.

David says police told him that Abdeslam's bomb had not fully exploded. "(Later), I was thinking about how I lay him on the floor, with me doing CPR. It's a pretty vigourous process. By just doing that, I also could have been gone," he said.

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