Who is Diana Kirk? Disabled woman attacked by rats as she slept
John Kirk, 85, woke up one morning to find his wife Diana covered in bites and claw marks following the rodent’s attack.
According to her spouse, a disabled pensioner was attacked by a rat while sleeping, leaving her caked in blood.
The rat, which had been hidden in the couple’s home in Bingham, Nottinghamshire, had also chewed on the pensioner’s eyes, fingers, and elbow.
Ms Kirk, 76, has a variety of health issues, including dementia and Parkinson’s disease.
Following an accident down the stairs six years ago, she suffered brain damage and is unable to feel pain.
How did it Happen?
Due to her health problems, Ms Kirk sleeps in a downstairs room of the couple’s home.
Mr Kirk, a retired tank driver, described the injuries inflicted on his wife of 36 years as “horrific”.
“At first I thought Diana had been shot,” he said. “There was blood everywhere. The rat had tried to eat her to get to her blood. There were bite marks on her cheek and her lips.
“Diana’s fingers and elbow were badly chewed as well.”
He added: “The only saving grace is that Diana didn’t know too much about it. She can’t feel pain because of her brain damage.”
Mr Kirk said he heard scratching sounds coming from the living room the night before Ms Kirk, a retired John Lewis shop worker, was attacked.
He said: “We had a rat in the house before Christmas which the council came and got rid of and I’d thought that was that.
“I’d put seeds and peanuts out for the birds in the garden and kept bags of bird food in the sideboard in the living room.
“The rat must have sneaked into the kitchen and set up a nest in the sideboard because the bags of food were all chewed through.
“At about 1.30am in the morning I noticed something brush past my bed but fell back to sleep.
“When I came downstairs at 6am the next morning to make Diana a tea, that’s when I saw her covered in blood.
“It was like a scene from Rambo. Absolutely horrific. She was just shaking with her hands by her neck staring up at me.”
Mr Kirk called an ambulance and Ms Kirk was rushed to the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham where she was cleaned up and given a powerful course of antibiotics.
Mr Kirk, who served in the 6th Tank Regiment and saw action in North Africa in the late 50s, added: “The rat had tried to gnaw right through to the bone.
“Diana had obviously been attacked in the night because the blood had congealed and had gone black.
“I’ve read since that rats only ever go for babies and people who are immobile in bed like my wife.
“I think people need to know the risks about rats and be wary about putting food out for the birds because it obviously got attracted by the seeds and nuts and thought our house would make a good place for a nest.”
Who is Diana Kirk? Disabled woman attacked by rats