French train hero Spencer Stone released from California hospital after stabbing


U.S. Airman Spencer Stone, one of several Americans who helped thwart a terrorist attack on board an international train bound for Paris, has been released from UC Davis Medical Center in California, where he had been undergoing treatment after a stabbing last week.

In a statement released by the hospital on Thursday, Stone expressed his thanks to the first responders, the team at UC Davis Medical Center, and his family and friends. “Thanks to everyone who has sent encouragement during this challenging time. I’m focused now on healing and recovering and look forward to the next part of my journey,” he said.

Stone was stabbed three times on the evening of October 7 outside a bar in Sacramento. Stone was rushed to UC Davis Medical Center, where he underwent surgery and was initially listed in serious condition but quickly recovered. Police previously said the stabbing was unrelated to the incident in Europe and described Stone’s attackers as two Asian men. No arrests have been made so far.

Stone and two other Americans were recognized for helping stop a gunman from carrying out an attack on board an Amsterdam-Paris train. After the attack, French President Francois Hollande awarded the three men with the Legion of Honour, France’s highest decoration. The men will also be awarded the Medal for Valor in the United States, which is the highest civilian award presented by the Pentagon.

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