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Have-a-go-hero bodybuilder back on stage

Will Flint
Image caption Will Flint was left with a collapsed lung, a severed spleen and a paralysed diaphragm

A fitness competitor left scarred for life after intervening when he saw a woman being attacked has returned to the stage.

Will Flint, 28, was repeatedly stabbed at a cash machine in Birmingham on New Year's Day, 2017. He suffered a dozen separate wounds.

His treatment later revealed a heart condition for which he underwent surgery eight weeks ago.

On Sunday, he made the British finals of a bodybuilding competition.

He took part in the PCA competition at Birmingham Town Hall.

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Image caption He needed up to 60 stitches to cover a dozen separate wounds

In the weeks after the attack he had feared, and doctors had told him, that he would not be able to compete again.

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Physically Mr Flint, from Alvechurch, Worcestershire, has been left with half a lung on his left side, some paralysis in his diaphragm, a severed spleen, asthma and mentally he has suffered with flashbacks and anxiety.

"I think a lot of how I got past that was by getting back into the gym, back into my weights and channelling that focus and all the negative energy that I had back into my training," he said.

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Image caption When this picture was taken Mr Flint was not sure he would return to full fitness

He has also set up the Drop the Knife Foundation, a charity to raise awareness about the dangers of carrying a bladed weapon.

After the attack he had said that without his martial arts training he might not be alive.

*In February 2017 Aidan Morrissey, 18, of Bellbrook Grove, Weoley Castle, Birmingham, admitted wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, possession of a bladed article and two counts of battery. He was jailed for eight years and ten months.

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