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'All I thought was I'm going to die': Mystery customer saves worker

9News.com.au logo 9News.com.au 16/04/2019 Danielle Post

a man smiling for the camera: Steve Van Meeteren took on two teenagers in an alleged robbery gone wrong and almost didn't live to tell the story. © 9news Steve Van Meeteren took on two teenagers in an alleged robbery gone wrong and almost didn't live to tell the story. From police to paramedics, to a mystery customer - shopkeeper Steve Van Meeteren has a lot to be thankful for.

The father of three, would most likely be dead, if it wasn't for a perfectly timed emergency response.

On April 2, he was stabbed eight times inside Carmichael's Corner Store in Wyong, on the NSW Central Coast, in an alleged robbery gone wrong.

a man that is standing in the grass: Steve Van Meeteren was stabbed eight times and lost so much blood that paramedics had to drill through bone to help give him a transfusion. © 9news Steve Van Meeteren was stabbed eight times and lost so much blood that paramedics had to drill through bone to help give him a transfusion.

He lay on the floor for 10 precious minutes - before a customer, still unknown, found him in a pool of blood behind the counter and called for an ambulance.

Police arrived within minutes and began CPR before extended care paramedic Geoff Barnes took over.

a group of people in a field: Paramedics, police and a Careflight chopper crew all worked seamlessly to ensure Steve Van Meeteren survived after a stabbing attack in his shop. © 9news Paramedics, police and a Careflight chopper crew all worked seamlessly to ensure Steve Van Meeteren survived after a stabbing attack in his shop. He was followed by intensive care paramedic Graham Andrews and together they transported Steve Van Meeteren to nearby Baker Park, to meet the Careflight helicopter.

Under lights and sirens, NSW Police delivered plasma and blood from Wyong Hospital, needed to perform emergency surgery.

a close up of a store: Steve Van Meeteren has run Carmichael's Corner Store for 10 years, but after the recent stabbing attack he is unsure he will ever step foot in there again. © 9news Steve Van Meeteren has run Carmichael's Corner Store for 10 years, but after the recent stabbing attack he is unsure he will ever step foot in there again.

As the 41-year-old had lost a lot of blood, doctors needed to drill into his bone morrow to give him a blood transfusion ahead of the Careflight helicopter flight to Royal North Shore Hospital.

Today's reunion with NSW Ambulance paramedics was raw and emotion filled - for all three.

"I want to thank you so so much because without you I wouldn't be here," Mr Van Meeteren said.

a man standing in front of a store: Steve Van Meeteren was working when a group approached his store and allegedly held him down and stabbed him in an alleged robbery gone wrong. © 9news Steve Van Meeteren was working when a group approached his store and allegedly held him down and stabbed him in an alleged robbery gone wrong. "Remember the first thing you said to me?"  Geoff Barnes, extended care paramedic asked.

"You said don't ask me if I'm okay."

"I cannot remember," Mr Van Meeteren said.

a group of people standing on top of a grass covered field: Steve Van Meeteren was reunited with the team who helped save his life with minutes to spare earlier this month after a stabbing attack in his Wyong corner store. © 9news Steve Van Meeteren was reunited with the team who helped save his life with minutes to spare earlier this month after a stabbing attack in his Wyong corner store.

Graham Andrews said luckily the emergency "machine" kicked in and went so smoothly.

"Unfortunately you weren't long for this world in the state that you were in - so we brought you here and waited for the helicopter," he said.

Steve recounted the moment inside the store.

"All I remember is red, red, red, red, and I close my eyes and see every moment.

"All I thought was I'm going to die."

For now - it's a long road to recovery - but his community is with him every step.

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