Pensioner’s horror injuries after being savaged by huge rat in her sleep

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A brain damaged pensioner woke up covered in blood after she was mauled by a massive rat during a "savage" attack.

Diana Kirk, 76, was left with nightmare injuries after the ferocious rodent clawed into her neck and chin at her home in Nottinghamshire on Monday, May 9.

Her husband John, 85, found her drenched in blood downstairs in her hospital bed, where she sleeps due to her condition. She is looked after by John and a care team who come into the house to help.

John recalls hearing what he believed to be a big rodent "scratching around" by his feet, but said he brushed it aside as it was in the middle of the night.

Then, at around 1.30am, he noticed it again, before he fell asleep and woke up as normal just before 6am, reports Nottinghamshire Live.

He went downstairs to check on his wife in their living room at around 5.45am and said he alerted emergency services and waited for an ambulance to arrive at around 8.20am.

He said: "I've never seen anything like the injuries she had – you can see how bad they were from the pictures. It was absolutely savage.

"I went and knocked on the door of the young girl over the road as she is also always up early and so she helped. They took Diana to the Queen's Medical Centre and she came back on Thursday night.

"There were scratches on her face, her neck, her hands – it had tried to gnaw right through to the bone from the looks of it. There was blood everywhere."

The next morning, after a neighbour had set up a trap in the house, Mr Kirk says the rat was caught and trapped in a cage.

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As he moved it to the patio, Mr Kirk says the rat went to try to bite him multiple times. He says a neighbour then killed the rat, shooting it four times with a pellet gun before it eventually died.

"Because of her condition, my wife can't move," Mr Kirk continued.

"I have since read that rats only ever go for young babies and people who are immobile in bed like my wife.

"She can't feel pain so she would not have known much about what happened. I would like people to know what can happen and to be aware of it. I found out a couple of days after it happened that it was making a nest in the house."

Helen Speed is the Care Manager at Home Instead East Notts and Melton Mowbray which provides care to Mr and Mrs Kirk at their home.

She said: "A few weeks ago another one of our caregivers was in Bingham and heard some squealing – there was a rat inside a client's dustbin.

"I think it must be an ongoing issue and one that I think people living nearby need to be aware of – especially if they are vulnerable."

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