Dave Perry, a British taxi driver, saved his life by miracle when he escaped from his cab after locking a suspected terrorist inside as he stopped outside Liverpool Women’s Hospital on Nov. 15. The suspect detonated a homemade bomb and was the only person killed from the blast.
Dave, regarded as a hero, ran away from the car just as the bomb exploded. He was rushed to the hospital with burns and shrapnel injuries, including ear damage, but his condition is stable, according to the New York Post.
His wife Rachel said Perry was “doing ok but is extremely sore and just trying to process what happened.”
On Monday, she wrote on Facebook that her husband’s survival was an “utter miracle.”
“He is without doubt lucky to be alive. The explosion happened whilst he was in the car and how he managed to escape is an utter miracle. He certainly had some guardian angels looking over him,” she said.
Authorities say the male suspect was the only one killed when his improvised explosive device exploded inside Perry’s taxi outside Liverpool Women’s Hospital, where 30 babies are born everyday.
The explosion happened near Liverpool Cathedral, which hosts one of the country’s most significant Remembrance Sunday ceremonies, with over 2,000 people attending. The hospital is less than a mile away.
Perry’s taxi pulled up outside the hospital’s door after picking up the suspect around 10 minutes away. The bomb went off before the automobile came to a complete stop, and Perry was seen stumbling out of the driver’s door as smoke and flames billowed from the vehicle.
Perry was able to shut the other doors of the taxi before the device exploded, according to Liverpool Mayor Joanne Anderson, thus preventing the terror suspect from escaping.
“The taxi driver, in his heroic efforts, has managed to divert what could have been an absolutely awful disaster at the hospital,” she said.
Perry’s passenger was carrying a bomb, but it wasn’t clear when or how he found out. Authorities said they were still waiting for the cab driver’s full testimony, reported NY Post.
Police in the United Kingdom stated that they were treating the explosion as a terrorist attack and that four individuals had been arrested in connection with it.