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Lt. Jeff Neville released from hospital after stabbing attack

Posted June 27

— Lt. Jeff Neville has been released from the hospital following the stabbing attack at Flint's Bishop International Airport.

The photo with this story was taken on Saturday, June 24 while Neville was still at the hospital.

A prayer poster was dropped off along with some Tim Horton's coffee, which is his favorite coffee.

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(06/23/17) - Friday, we heard from the doctors who operated on Lt. Jeff Neville after being slashed by a suspected terrorist at Bishop International Airport this week.

Neville is recovering at Hurley Medical Center in good condition.

Neville's surgeon says the knife wound was literally millimeters away from hitting a main artery in his neck - something that could have made for a very different outcome.

We're learning that Neville had about a 12-inch gash on the right side of his neck. It was extremely close to his main artery and windpipe.

Immediately after Neville was attacked by Amor Ftouthi, his colleagues and fellow first responders worked to control the bleeding.

Then, within less than two minutes, EMT's on site at Bishop were there.

He was alert, but was losing a lot of blood.

Doctors at Hurley are crediting those early actions to Neville's good condition.

The lead surgeon who worked on him, Dr. Donald Scholten, says Neville was calm and totally cooperative.

"He made clear that, 'Do what you have to do. I understand that this is a bad injury, so do what you have to do.' He gave us full confidence that he was in charge of his facilities and knew what was going on," Scholten said.

Scholten says unfortunately they see a lot of stabbings in the emergency, but not quite like this.

"Usually we see a little poke or a little stab. This was in terms of a slash, so it's translated into a worst injury with more force," he said.

Neville was in a two-hour surgery the day of the attack, with more than 50 stitches.

Sources tell ABC12 News that Neville is sitting up and able to talk. Doctors say he will probably be in the hospital through the weekend.

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