A TEENAGE boy told his mum he wasn't going to make it after he was stabbed by a gang.
The young man touched his mum's face and said "I love you mum, but I’m going to die" s her lay in the street bleeding heavily from a knife wound.
The victim had found himself in the wrong place at the wrong time while walking in the evening of February 10 as he sat with friends at Gorseinon bus station in Swansea, Wales.
He was set upon by a group of teenagers who beat him up before one of them – also aged 14 – pulled a knife and stabbed him.
Swansea Crown Court was told the victim was inadvertadely caught up in a dispute he had no part in which had ignited the day prior between his friends and friends of the teen with the knife.
A group of eight youngsters had travelled to Gorseinon looking for "revenge" on the day of the attack, Wales Online reports.
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One was armed with a knife and another was carrying a metal bar.
At about 6pm they came across the victim and launched an unprovoked attack, kicking him to the ground and striking him with the pole before he was stabbed.
The teenager's mother and her partner were told what had happened and rushed to the scene.
When she arrived, her son was barely clinging on to life while bleeding heavily.
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She said: "I was screaming over and over for someone to help my son until two amazing ladies who were stopped in traffic came over to help. I took my top off so they could use it to stop the bleeding, but in a few minutes it was soaked full of blood.
"When I was talking to him to keep him awake he put his hand on my face and said, 'I love you mam but I'm going to die'.
"I had to hear that off my baby. I broke down, and so did the woman who was helping me. We just cried."
As he slipped in and out of consciousness, the mum held her son's face and told him she loved him.
She begged him to stay awake – and he tried to despite his devastating injuries which included grazing to his face and legs, a puncture wound to his chest, damage to his diaphragm and a 7cm-long cut to his liver.
He arrived at hospital in time to be saved.
The mum said: "He fought so hard, and I couldn't be any prouder.
"They had punctured his lung, liver and diaphragm, and he's a very lucky boy. And we are very lucky parents to have such a fighter on our hands."
A police investigation worked to identify a number of youngsters linked to the assault.
When interviewed by police, the group answered questions with: "No comment".
Cops eventually established the teenager who stabbed the young man and pleaded guilty to inflicting grievous bodily harm and to two counts of possession of an offensive weapon.
This week, he was handed a two-year Youth Referral Order with a supervision order, a programme requirement relating to knife crime, and a three-month electronically monitored curfew.
The victim's mum says she has been retraumatised with the sentence -which she believes should include prison time – and is going to be campaigning to make a difference for victims of knife crimes.
She said: "The system is broken. Giving them a slap on the wrist isn't teaching these kids a lesson, it's telling them it's okay as long as you're 14 we will give you a chance because you haven't got previous convictions.
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"The sentence is disgusting – it's a green light for kids to carry knives. The system needs a shake up, and it's going to start here.
"I will be starting a petition that, no matter what the age, carrying a knife should be a prison sentence."
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