A MOTHER was told her son was dead after he was stabbed at his flat.
In fact Keith John Ashworth, 29, survived the attack and is recovering at his mum’s home.
Mr Ashworth staggered down two flights of stairs and on to Medlar Close, Lache, where he was found by neighbours, pouring with blood.
Bernice Whitely and Eamon Heavin ran from their homes opposite with towels to stop further blood loss from a gaping wound in the top part of Mr Ashworth’s chest.
Paramedics talked them through life-saving procedures over the phone at about 1pm on Monday.
Mum Irene Ashworth, of nearby Cliveden Road, said: ‘Someone came in and said to me that my son was in a bad way by his flats and it looked like he had been stabbed.
‘In fact, they said he was dead.’
Keith was taken to the Countess of Chester Hospital, where he was treated for a punctured lung.
Police were called at 1.40pm and cordoned off the street as specialists combed the flat and street.
It was Tuesday morning before Irene could visit her son. ‘The hospital said he was in no fit state on Monday for visiting,’ she said.
‘But they said he’d been very lucky because of where the stab was.’
Keith told The Chronicle he fears his lung may collapse again.
Christina Evans, 29, of Medlar Close, appeared at Chester Magistrates Court on Tuesday charged with grievous bodily harm with intent at her home address. She will remain in custody until Monday, when she will be brought to Chester Crown Court for a preliminary hearing.