The policeman shot by fugitive Raoul Moat has told how a vision of his children saved his life. Pc David Rathband said he knew he was at risk of bleeding to death when he was blasted in the face as he sat unarmed in his patrol car last month.
Slumped in the footwell of the Northumbria Police Volvo T5, the father of two said he felt his life slipping away as blood poured from his wounds. As Moat left him for dead, he was able to call for help using his police radio. It was then that a vision of his son Ashley and daughter Mia filled his mind. They began to speak and Ashley, 17, reached out to grab hold of his father to stop him slipping away.
This reminds me of my battle with breast cancer, almost immediately after I was diagnosed, I knew I had to recover to be at my sons’ graduation, that was two and a half years in the future. I also could feel the sun on my face at my both of my son’s weddings, and smell the new born babies that will be born to them in the future. It wasn’t a hope, or a dream, it was a knowing.
A compelling reason to live is the best treatment when you are sick. No matter how bad the treatments or your condition are, that vision of whatever is your reason for breathing will pull you through.