Last Saturday night in Enfield, a 17 year old student Shaquan Sammy-Plummer, lost his live as he was stabbed to death at, of all places, a party. This tragedy brings the total to four of such senseless loss of young lives already in the first month of 2015. That’s a bad a start to the year as last seen in 2006.
The Consultant, Tom Konig, who tried his best to save Shaquan’s life, wrote in yesterday’s Evening Standard, about his pain over this waste of a young life. “Enough is enough” is his rallying cry.
“LAST night, a team consisting of myself and two London air ambulance service paramedics was one of two duty teams providing advanced trauma care to the people of London.
After we had finished handing over one patient to the team at St Mary’s hospital we were alerted to another job. The information we were given was of an adult male, stabbed to the chest. The London Ambulance Service teams, already with the patient, needed our help. We donned our protective stab vests and plotted a route to the scene…
Breaking the news to Shaquan’s mother
This occasion called for brutal honesty. “I’m sorry but I have awful news. Your son is dead, he was stabbed in the chest and died. We tried our very best, we really did, we operated, we gave him blood, we held his heart in our hands and willed it to beat on its own, but it was badly damaged and he had bled terribly. I’m sorry, I’m so sorry.”
She heard little of what followed after I told her he was dead. If only we could have brought him back, we tried, oh how we tried.
Another teenager killed by the hand of another on the streets of London. Another life lost, another family torn apart, another perpetrator set to spend time imprisoned to dwell on their crimes.
No one wins, everyone loses. Many have been blamed for what some believe is an epidemic — the broken families, the schools, the politicians and police — but ultimate responsibility lies with the hand holding the knife.
The person who decides to carry a weapon that they are sadly all too ready to use to resolve a dispute. Enough is enough. It is time to put your knives down. Find another way to argue and to fight, now, before it’s too late.”
I couldn’t agree more. Sadly we’ve been here before all too often. For a medical consultant to voice his concern and share his experience of working on the operating table, all too graphically, truly conveyed the heartache, both literally and emotionally, of death staring you right in the face.
Do you think that there is anything that is not being done to halt or at least significantly reduce gun and knife related crime in London?