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Stabbing victim talks about life after ordeal

Nicholas Iwamoto Nicholas Iwamoto
Kitty Iwamoto Kitty Iwamoto

By Jim Mendoza - bio | email

HAWAII KAI (HawaiiNewsNow) -  "This is one stab wound here. And one here," Nicholas Iwamoto said, pointing at his chest and upper back.

His body bears the scars of eighteen stab wounds. An x-ray shows the screws that hold his cervical spine together.

"Two of my tendons were severed, here and here," he said, holding up his right hand.

The injuries are reminders.

"It shows what I've been through," he said. "It's a reminder of what I survived."

On Feb. 1, Iwamoto was attacked by a stranger at Koko Crater. He fell 30 feet into a ravine, suffering a lacerated liver, punctured lung, and broken neck.

"It's very hard to go from being active to being sedentary for almost ten months," he said.

Healing has been in very small steps. He walks the dog an hour a day for exercise. He can't drive. He can't do many of the things he used to do. Bodyboading may be off his agenda for the rest of his life.

"If you would have told me a year ago that I would be in a neck brace and I'd be knitting scarves and beanies all day, I would have laughed," Iwamoto said.

But that's exactly what he does. Knitting helps rehabilitate his hands and focus his thoughts.

"The repetition is very relaxing," he said.

Iwamoto started by giving caps and scarves away. Now he sells them to help pay his medical bills.

He also makes beef jerky as thank you gifts for people who have helped him. His mother says her son isn't giving up on life.

"We've made it with our reliance on family, friends and mostly our faith," Kitty Iwamoto said.

Nicholas has gotten hundreds of cards and letters from people who hear of his ordeal and pray that he'll overcome it..

"That's been one of the biggest factors for my recovery," he said.

Before the attack, Iwamoto was an avid golfer...

"I played almost every day in high school," he said.

It will be awhile before he takes his game out of the living room and onto a green. But it's closer today than it was ten months ago. A fund has been set up at the Bank of Hawaii to help the Iwamoto's pay their medical expenses.

For more information email Nicholas at iwamoton@hawaii.edu

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