Police officer released from hospital after airport stabbing attack

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FLINT, Mich. (WJRT) -- Lt. Jeff Neville has been released from the hospital following the stabbing attack at Flint, Michigan's Bishop International Airport.

Photo Courtesy: Genesee County Commissioner Mark Young

The photo with this story was taken on Saturday, June 24 while Neville was still at the hospital. A prayer poster was dropped off along with some Tim Horton's coffee, which is his favorite coffee.

Last Friday, Gray affiliate WJRT heard from the doctors who operated on Lt. Neville after the suspected terror incident.

Neville's surgeon says the knife wound was literally millimeters away from hitting a main artery in his neck - something that could have made for a very different outcome. Neville had about a 12-inch gash on the right side of his neck. It was extremely close to his main artery and windpipe.

Immediately after Neville was attacked by suspect Amor Ftouthi, his colleagues and fellow first responders worked to control the bleeding. Then, within less than two minutes, EMTs on site at Bishop were there.

He was alert, but was losing a lot of blood.

Doctors at Hurley are crediting those early actions to Neville's good condition.

The lead surgeon who worked on him, Dr. Donald Scholten, says Neville was calm and totally cooperative.

"He made clear that, 'Do what you have to do. I understand that this is a bad injury, so do what you have to do.' He gave us full confidence that he was in charge of his facilities and knew what was going on," Scholten said.

Scholten says unfortunately, they see a lot of stabbings in the emergency room, but not quite like this.

"Usually we see a little poke or a little stab. This was in terms of a slash, so it's translated into a worst injury with more force," he said.

Neville was in a two-hour surgery the day of the attack, with more than 50 stitches.

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