A MAN who was stabbed and left with a punctured lung in a crazed attack in Glasgow has revealed that he was terrified of dying.
Mex Abin, 20, was left bleeding on the pavement after being stabbed twice by asylum seeker Badreddin Abdalla Adam during his bloody rampage at the city’s Park Inn Hotel.
The victim of the attack said that he didn’t want to close his eyes while lying on the pavement – because he was afraid he would never wake up again.
Mex, from the Ivory Coast, said: “I was on a pavement, sure I was dying.
“I thought of my mum. I thought if I closed my eyes I would never wake up again.
“I was afraid to die.”
The attacker, from Sudan, was shot dead by police in Glasgow after he seriously wounded Mex and five others, including a police officer.
Mex and Adam had both been placed in the hotel during the pandemic – but had never spoken before.
The 20-year-old victim said: “I didn’t really know him. He was very quiet and kept to himself.
“I saw him around the hotel but that was all.”
Mex was meeting his friend outside the hotel when he was approached by Adam on West George Street on 26 June.
Adam stopped and beckoned to Mex as he walked past on the pavement, shouting: “You! Can I see you?”
I thought if I closed my eyes I would never wake up again. I was afraid to die
Mex said: “I was confused because he had never spoken to me before. I walked over and shook his hand and said, ‘Hello’.
“Then he slapped me really hard across my face with his left hand.”
The attacker then grabbed his T-shirt, pulled out a knife and drove it into both sides of his body.
Adam’s other wounded victims were all men aged 12, 18, 38, 42 and 53.
Mex added: “I think the knife was small. I didn’t even see it. I felt something had happened to my body but I didn’t know he had stabbed me. I was shocked. I panicked.
“I just wanted to run but he wouldn’t let go of my T-shirt. I was screaming and struggling.
“His face was cold and calm. God must have saved me because I don’t know how but I pulled back – my T-shirt ripped and I broke free.”
As the blood poured from Mex, he called out for help and ran towards his friend – who then led him down the street and sat him on the pavement.
Adam carried on his onslaught, stabbing his second victim on the steps of the hotel before going inside.
He was fatally shot by an armed unit at the hotel, which was being used to house asylum-seekers and refugees.
Mex was rushed to Glasgow Royal Infirmary once police and paramedics arrived at the scene.
He added: “In the ambulance, my eyes were closing but I tried to stay awake.
“The paramedics were calming me. I am so thankful to them. They were saving me.”
The 20-year-old now has restricted breathing and struggles to walk after suffering a puncture to his right lung and his bowel.
He added: “I thank the paramedics, the nurses and doctors. I thank them a thousand times for saving my life. If I was a billionaire, I would give them every penny and it would still not be enough.”
“If he [the attacker]was alive and he was standing in front of me, I would tell him that I forgive him. He lost his mind and that is not his fault.
“He was alone and isolated and lost and it wasn’t the real him who did what he did. He was sick.”