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The Telegram
  • Herkimer stabbing victim: ‘I didn’t think I was going to make it’

  • These days, Michael Doolen said he is learning to not take things for granted.

    From his room at St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Utica, Doolen talked Thursday about the stab wounds he received during a Saturday morning incident on South Washington Street in the village of Herkimer that left him in critical condition.

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  • These days, Michael Doolen said he is learning to not take things for granted.
    From his room at St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Utica, Doolen talked Thursday about the stab wounds he received during a Saturday morning incident on South Washington Street in the village of Herkimer that left him in critical condition.
    “I didn’t think I was going to make it. It looked bad. I was losing tons of blood,” he said. “I just felt like I wasn’t going to make it.”
    Doolen said he received a stab wound in his left abdomen and in his left shoulder during the fight. He now has 29 staples in his abdomen where doctors performed emergency surgery. Doolen also lost part of his stomach from the stabbing and was temporarily on a feeding tube. He is now able to be on a liquid diet.
    Since being admitted to the hospital, Doolen’s condition has been upgraded to favorable and he said his doctors believe he will be discharged from the hospital on Saturday.
    But even then, he will have a long road ahead of him.
    “It’ll be slow. I’ll have to take my time eating, just very small meals. It’ll be just a little at a time,” he said.
    Herkimer police have not released any further details about what they say was a large fight that took place around 4:30 a.m. on Aug. 18. Police arrested 24-year-old Joshua Laveck, of Herkimer, on Tuesday, for stabbing Doolen and another Herkimer resident during the fight. He was arraigned in village court and was remanded to the Herkimer County jail in lieu of $25,000 cash bail.
    Police have said the investigation is still open and more arrests and charges may follow.
    Jill Doolen, Michael Doolen’s sister, said she is grateful for the actions of MOVAC emergency responders and her brother David Doolen’s girlfriend that helped save Michael’s life when she took her shirt and held it tightly against the wound to his abdomen.
    “MOVAC did a great job. They saved my brother’s life. And Emily [Stalteri] stopped the bleeding,” she said.
    Morgan Entwistle, Michael Doolen’s girlfriend, was there when he was stabbed and said the whole event has been traumatizing to her.
    “Imagine how I felt, holding him in my arms, him telling me that he’s not going to make it. I’m sitting there crying while covered in his blood. It was the most horrific thing that could happen to me,” she said.
    Entwistle said she has since spent much of her time at the hospital to be by his side, only leaving twice to go home and shower.
    Jill Doolen said she was also there when her brother was stabbed.
    Page 2 of 2 - “I pissed my pants. I collapsed. I was so scared. My brother was half-dead,” she said.
    The other stabbing victim was released the same day. Laveck and another individual were treated for lacerations received in a subsequent fight that occurred at a different location on South Washington Street.
    Jill Doolen said she has been glad to see her brother’s progress in his recovery. She said the experience has left them changed.
    “I don’t think anyone will be the same after an experience like that,” she said.
    Michael Doolen agreed, and said it has left him with a different perspective on life.
    “Don’t take it for granted,” he said.

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