Bed-ridden woman hospitalised following ‘savage’ rat attack in her home

A woman was left with horror injuries after she was mauled by a rat in her home. Diana Kirk was left covered in blood following the terrifying ordeal.

And the 76 year old needed hospital treatment for her wounds. She was discovered by her husband and carer John Kirk, 85, at their home in Bingham, Nottinghamshire, just before 6am on May 9.

Mrs Kirk has brain damage and so sleeps downstairs in a hospital bed. A team of carers help her husband to look after her, NottinghamshireLive reports.

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Mr Kirk says he was asleep upstairs when he first heard a rat “scratching around” by his feet, saying he could not see it well given how dark it was but that it was clearly a large rodent.

He noticed it again at around 1.30am before he fell asleep and woke up as normal just before 6am. When he went downstairs and checked on his wife in their living room, he saw Diana’s injuries and called 999.

Diana Kirk was attacked my a rat
Diana Kirk was attacked my a rat

An ambulance arrived at around 8.20am. Mr Kirk 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 Center and she came back on Thursday night.

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

The next morning the rat was trapped with the help of a neighbor and then killed with an air rifle. Mr Kirk says that the rat had tried to bite him multiple times before it was destroyed.

Speaking about his wife, he said: “Because of her condition, my wife can’t move. 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, Care Manager at Home Instead East Notts and Melton Mowbray which provides care to Mr and Mrs Kirk, said: “A few weeks ago another one of our care givers 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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