American Hero Spencer Stone is Released From Hospital A Week After Stabbing
Spencer Stone, the American hero who helped thwart a terrorist attack on a Paris-bound train, has been released from hospital a week after he was stabbed.
The 23-year-old thanked emergency responders and the team at UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, California as he was released on Thursday.
"Thanks, also, to my amazing family and friends for their love and support," he said in a statement. "And thanks to everyone who has sent encouragement during this challenging time. I’m focused now on healing and recovering and look forward to the next part of my journey."
Stone's mother, Joyce Eskel, added in a written statement: "Our family wishes to express our deepest gratitude to the staff and providers at UC Davis Medical Center... We’ve been overwhelmed by the support from our family and friends, the Sacramento area, the Air Force and people around the world. Thank you all."
He is pictured with his medical team in a photo courtesy of University of California, Regents.
Stone was stabbed three times in the chest after an early-morning fight broke out in Sacramento on Thursday October 8. He was rushed to a nearby hospital and underwent surgery.
Authorities are still working to identify his attackers. Surveillance footage released last week shows Stone fighting in the street before blood can be seen on his shirt.
On Wednesday, police released new surveillance footage images showing the suspects' car before the attack. Authorities say they are seeking two Asian men wearing white shirts and blue jeans.
Stone was one of three Americans who took down Ayooub El-Khazaani after the Morocco-born terror suspect opened fire on a Paris-bound train in August. He was stabbed with a box cutter during the struggle with El-Khazaani and underwent surgery to reattach part of his hand.
He, along with friends Alek Skarlatos and Anthony Sadler, received France's highest award, the Legion d'Honneur, for their actions.
President Barack Obama also welcomed the three men to the White House where he commended their bravery, saying at the time that "they represent the very best of American character."
The Sacramento Police Department is asking anyone with information about the incident in Sacramento to contact the dispatch center at 916-264-5471 or text a tip to 274637.