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Stabbed in the neck, medical practitioner finds way to save his own life

Caleb James
September 21, 2017 07:08 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Pedro Moreno, a 60-year-old cardiopulmonary practitioner, is a successful immigrant. Born in Mexico, he came to Albuquerque as a young man. Moreno had nothing when he moved here and vowed to buy property on the downtown street where he was homeless.

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A private practice and several businesses later, his lavish loft is now a recovery room. On Saturday, Moreno was stabbed in the throat outside his Nob Hill shop Motique. The attack happened after Moreno noticed a man stealing from the shop and another employee chasing him.

"I got a call today from the police," Moreno said Wednesday. "They're still actively looking for him."

Moreno, his employee and the assailant all spilled out onto the sidewalk, and they were running at the time. They got all the way across the street when Moreno said he felt an incredible weakness.

Moreno reached up to his neck. That armed robber had just stabbed him in the jugular, one of the largest veins in the human body. What Moreno describes next may be difficult to hear.

"At this point, I knew I had less than a minute to act and save my life, which is what I did," he said. "I inserted my thumb into my cut and I found the jugular and I put pressure on it. And I started to walk across the street."

Moreno held onto his own jugular until he arrived at the emergency operating room.

"And when I was ready to let them do their job, I told the doctor, 'I'm going to let go and if I go, I go.' He says, 'You're in good hands.'"

Days later, Moreno said he is determined to address the crime epidemic. He said drugs are fueling property crime and terror. Proving no one is immune from crime, he said he's only alive because he could save himself.

Moreno said he is also offering $3,000 of his own money as a reward for the capture of the man who nearly killed him. He describes the suspect as a tall, thin Native American man weighing about 175 pounds.

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Caleb James

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