"If they did not do what they did, probably she would not be here," said the child's mother.
Trigger warning: The story contains details of violence that might be distressing to some readers.
Two police officers forced their way through apartments and smashed down doors until they found a little girl, who was put through one of the worst possible nightmares at the hands of her own father.
The little girl named Noura was found in the UK with stab wounds to her neck and chest. Her father was also found with stab wounds that he inflicted on himself.
The father and daughter were both discovered after relatives informed the police about the child being in danger. Some of the family members received a photograph of Noura and her father with injuries, but they did not know the exact apartment they were in, according to Sky News.
Two officers, PC Ryan Legge and PC Ahmet Mavitunali, arrived at the building in Larch Road, Brent, and began searching for them. The officers rushed through several apartments and knocked down doors before finally finding the right apartment. Noura was found with "significant stab wounds to her neck and chest," according to the Metropolitan Police.
PC Ryan Legge and PC Ahmet Mavitunali from the Emergency Police Team, North West BCU acted quickly to save the life of a then six-year-old girl, Noura, who had received appalling injuries at the hands of her father #999Day pic.twitter.com/5LC1IhNBaO— The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@KensingtonRoyal) September 9, 2021
The officers rushed to the girl's aid and started "stemming the injuries." They also told paramedics to take a look at Noura's father.
Thanks to Ryan and Ahmet, Noura was taken to the hospital in the nick of time.
"The emergency services saved her," said Noura's mother, Luna Di Raimondo. "They were extremely quick and made sure she got to the hospital. If they did not do what they did, probably she would not be here."
At the time of the incident in May, 2020, Noura was six years old, and her doctors were afraid she might have life-changing brain damage. However, Noura spent three months in the hospital and made a full recovery after being stabbed by her own father. The father was charged with attempted murder and given a prison sentence of 22 years.
A year after the horrific attack, Noura was finally able to meet officers Ryan and Ahmet and share a heartwarming moment with them. When she was found in the apartment, Noura was unconscious and didn't get a proper chance to meet her rescuers. But that changed after a special meeting on September 9, 2021.
A young girl has been reunited with two police officers who saved her life after she was brutally stabbed.— Metropolitan Police (@metpoliceuk) September 10, 2021
Seven-year-old Noura was able to thank her two heroes at an event hosted by The Duke of Cambridge. 💙
The two officers picked 7-year-old Noura up from her school and went to have a chat together. They also met Prince William as part of an event that was planned for UK's Emergency Services Day event. The event was put together to thank health workers and emergency service workers for helping people, just like Noura, on an everyday basis.
Along with other dedicated workers, Ryan and Ahmet were also praised for their hard work.
"I am immensely proud of Ahmet and Ryan, whose actions at the scene were crucial in helping Noura in this sad and shocking case," said Sarah Leach, North West BCU Commander, as reported by MyLondon. "This was a violent assault on a young girl by a person who should have been looking after her. It is quite right that both officers be recognized for their quick thinking under what must have been extremely distressing circumstances. They, along with Noura, should be commended for their bravery and resilience. It is really special that Noura and the officers are able to meet at this event, and it will I’m sure be an emotional moment for all."
Cover image source: Metropolitan Police/Twitter