A graphic design student at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Tiffany Struwig (21) was stabbed twice on a train after she refused to give her phone to a robber on Monday.
Struwig was stabbed once through the wrist and once in the chest, where the blade just missed her heart thanks to the thick layers of clothes she was wearing.
On Tuesday June 11 2019, Tiffany was operated on and received stitches in her chest as well as a procedure to reconnect the nerves in her wrist.
A Facebook post shared by Tiffany’s mother read:
“Today was horrible. Tiffy was assaulted and roughed up on the train by Tygerberg Station. She was stabbed in the arm and the knife came right out of the other side and then she was stabbed on the left side of her chest. She had to be taken to the hospital right away. She is very emotional and cries now and then. They just missed her heart, ”
The family was extremely disturbed by the reported behavior of other passengers in the train carriage when the incident took place; no one attempted to help Tiffany and many onlookers ran away.
Doctors initially thought Tiffany might lose feeling in her arm, she is however recovering well.
On Tuesday morning she began performing movements such as making a fist with her hand.