Pensioner attacked by rat: woman suffers ‘terrible injuries’

Diana Kirk, unable to feel pain, was left bloodied, her face and neck covered with claw and bite marks

A disabled pensioner was left with “terrible injuries” after a rat brutally attacked her while she was sleeping.

Diana Kirk, 76, who cannot feel pain, was left bleeding, her face and neck covered with claw and bite marks.

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Her eyelids, fingers, and elbows had also been gnawed by the rodent.

The animal had taken up residence at the home of Diana and her husband John in Bingham, Nottinghamshire, before the attack in the early hours of May 9.

The rat, about three inches long, was caught in a trap set by a neighbor the next morning and then shot with an air pistol.

Diana, a retired John Lewis sales clerk, fell down a flight of stairs six years ago, damaging her brain and preventing her from feeling pain.

She also suffers from a number of health issues, including dementia and Parkinson’s.

What happened to the woman who was attacked by a rat?

Diana is sleeping downstairs in the couple’s semi-detached house because of her health problems.

Husband John Kirk, 85, said he heard scraping noises coming from the living room the night before Diana was attacked.

Diana Kirk, unable to feel pain, was left bloodied, her face and neck covered with claw and bite marks (SWNS)

He said: “We had a rat in the house before Christmas which the council came and got rid of and I thought that was it.

“I put seeds and peanuts in the garden for the birds and kept bags of birdseed in the living room dresser.

“The rat must have snuck into the kitchen and made a nest in the counter because the food bags had all been chewed through.

“The night Diana was attacked, I went to bed around 10:20 p.m. and heard scratching behind the TV, but didn’t think about it any further.

“Around 1:30 a.m. I noticed something brush past my bed but went back to sleep.

“When I came downstairs at 6am the next morning to make Diana some tea, I saw her covered in blood.

“It was like a scene from Rambo. Absolutely horrific. She was just shaking with her hands on her neck and staring up at me.”

John called an ambulance and Diana was taken to Queen’s Medical Center

She was cleaned up there and given a strong course of antibiotics.

John 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.”

What injuries did the pensioner suffer?

Retired tank driver John, who has been married to Diana for 36 years, said the rat gnawed on her face, neck and eyelids.

He said: “Diana’s injuries were horrendous… at first I thought Diana had been shot.

“There was blood everywhere. The rat had tried to eat her to get her blood. there

were bite marks on her cheek and lips.

“Diana’s fingers and elbows were also badly chewed.”

Why did the rat attack the pensioner?

Husband John Kirk and Diana Kirk from Nottingham

John, who served in the 6th Armored Regiment and was deployed to North Africa in the late 1950s, said: ‘Diana had obviously been attacked at night because the blood had curdled and turned black.

“Since then I’ve read that rats only ever attack babies and bedridden people like my wife.

“I think people need to know the risks of rats and be careful when putting out food for the birds because they were obviously drawn to the seeds and nuts and thought our house would be a good spot for a nest.”

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