A heroic cop who was stabbed repeatedly while trying to arrest a child rapist at a Sydney pub has revealed it took 44 bags of blood to keep him alive.
Detective Sergeant John Breda, 47, suffered severe internal injuries after paedophile Nick Newman, 33, knifed him duringcelebrations in 2018 at the Maroubra Junction Hotel.
Newman, who was wanted by police for failing to attend Penrith Court two days earlier for multiple child sex charges, plunged the entire length of the blade through the decorated officer’s kidney, liver, diaphragm and lungs during the botched arrest.
Almost three years on, Mr Breda has opened up about how doctors at St Vincent’s Hospital scrambled to keep the father-of-two from dying on the table during a six-hour operation to replace the 12 litres of blood that drained from his body.
Sergeant Breda called for help after he was stabbed by Newman at a Sydney pub (pictured: bystanders coming to his rescue after the attack)
As he lay injured in the packed venue, Mr Breda told radio station 2GB on Tuesday morning he could ‘see the blood coming out’.
‘I was on the ground wondering, “what am I going to do to get out of this?”, and I just started to think,’ he said.
‘I saw a fella at the door and I said to him, “mate, can you help me? I’ve been stabbed – come put some pressure on my wounds”.’
Bystander Brett Douglas, who was dressed in shorts and thongs, sprang into action trying to save the decorated detective’s life.
John Breda (pictured, left, with his partner), was stabbed in Maroubra in a shocking attack on Australia Day but made a miracle recovery
Newman (pictured) was wanted by police after failing to attend Penrith Court two days earlier facing multiple child sex charges
‘He was a bit hesitant at first, but I said ”put your whole body on me,’ and that’s what he did and I felt good while I was on the ground – no pain at all.’
Paramedics arrived on the scene and took over for Mr Douglas, before the officer was rushed to hospital where a team of surgeons and nurses were waiting with blood bags.
Mr Breda said blood donations from strangers saved his life.
‘If there was a (blood) shortage, I would have died on the table,’ he said.
Detective Sergeant John Breda (pictured) suffered severe internal injuries after paedophile Nick Newman, 33, knifed him during Australia Day celebrations in 2018
Paramedics arrived on the scene and took over for Mr Douglas, before the officer was rushed to hospital. Pictured: Police and paramedics at the scene on Australia Day 2018
Bystander Brett Douglas (pictured) applied pressure to Sergeant Breda’s wounds
‘The doctors were doing their job trying to save me over the six hours and if they didn’t have that blood to keep me going, well I wouldn’t be here.’
He took the opportunity to thank the ‘football team’ of doctors, nurses and anonymous donors who each played a vital role in keeping him alive.
‘(Giving blood) is the best gift and you don’t even know who it’s going to,’ he said.
Mr Breda is now an ambassador for Bleed 4 Blue – a blood drive created after the stabbing to encourage people from the policing community and the general public to donate.
Despite an enormous scar spanning from chest to his belt line, the sergeant is now fighting fit again thanks to a regimented rehabilitation schedule.
John Breda (pictured, with his partner) said he is only alive thanks to the blood donations of kind strangers
Photos show the devoted father spending time with his two children and wife as well as enjoying baking pastries in the kitchen (pictured) after the attack
The situation unfolded after police issued a public appeal for Newman’s whereabouts, and on January 26 he was traced to the popular hotel.
He was wanted for six counts of rape, one count of intentionally choking and one count of aggravated sexual assault against a person under 16.
Breda was stabbed twice while trying to arrest Newman, who then slit his own throat with a knife before being shot by police, with witnesses hearing up to four or five gunshots.
Confronting footage of the immediate aftermath reveals how the busy bar was sent into a panic.
The hero detective was stabbed by Newman, who was then shot dead at a pub in Sydney (pictured)
Customers could be seen rushing towards the beer garden where the officer laid, suffering from stab wounds to the chest and abdomen.
An officer can be heard yelling ‘do not move’, while another firmly instructs onlookers to ‘call an ambulance’.
Sergeant Breda is a veteran of the Child Abuse and Sex Crime Squad has spent time in the Middle Eastern Organised Crime Squad and was awarded one of the police force’s highest honours.
In 2015, the 47-year-old was given the National Medal by the prime minister.
Police opened fire (pictured) at the paedophile, shooting up to five times before Newman was shot dead in the Maroubra Junction Hotel
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