A TEENAGER is in a critical condition after being stabbed in the heart in broad daylight outside a busy Sydney shopping centre.
A TEENAGER has been stabbed in the chest in broad daylight on a street in western Sydney and is now in a critical condition in hospital.
The 17-year-old managed to reach a medical centre near the Westpoint Shopping Centre in Blacktown with a single stab wound to his heart, NSW Ambulance Chief Inspector Brian Parsell told AAP on Thursday.
Paramedics arrived to find the teenager in a critical condition and losing a lot of blood.
The Careflight helicopter, also tasked to the stabbing, had landed on the Prospect Highway to drop its emergency medical team.
They jumped aboard the ambulance, which was rushing the teenager to Westmead Hospital, to stabilise him on the road.
Surgeons and operating theatres were put on standby as the teenager began losing consciousness. He was rushed into surgery as soon as he arrived.
“Anyone who has sustained a penetrating injury anywhere around the heart is a concern,” Chief Insp Parsell said.
“Cardiac penetrating injuries are extremely life-threatening and time is of the essence.”
Officers from Blacktown Local Area Command established a large crime scene and commenced an investigation.
NSW Police later arrested another 17-year-old at a Blacktown home in relation to the incident.
Video shared on social media shows a man brandishing a large knife and fleeing the scene.
Chief Insp Parsell praised the work and co-operation of the medical teams for giving the young man the best shot at survival.
The teenager remains in a critical condition, a hospital spokeswoman told AAP on Thursday evening.
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