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Oct 14, 2009 5:29 PM

Stabbed High School Student Has Setback, But Continues Recovery

A 17-year-old Madison Central High School student who was stabbed in class last week continues to recover at UK Hospital, but his family, who hoped he would leave the hospital Tuesday, say he has had a setback.

Stevie Caldwell's family said he had complications Tuesday. They say tha when a chest tube was removed, part of his lung collapsed.

Caldwell is continuing to recover from being stabbed in the food lab at Madison Central High School, allegedly by another 17-year-old student.

"He was defending himself," said Caldwell's aunt, Christi Isaacs. "He was slashed across the face and had to have stitches. There was more than one stab (wound)."

Isaacs says that the steak-type serrated knife allegedly used in the attack hit the right side of his chest. "It punctured his lung and it missed his heart by six millimeters," she said. "Which is like the end of a pencil lead.

"For a while they couldn't get the bleeding to stop where the lung was punctured, but the bleeding has stopped."

Despite Tuesday's setback, his family says that Caldwell, a senior at the high school, will continue to fight, and his background in wrestling and running is helping in his recovery.

His family says Caldwell is also not getting a lot of sleep, which is making the recovery that much more difficult. But, they want to thank everyone who has called and offered support.

The student who allegedly stabbed Caldwell, identified to LEX 18 by students and others as Jacob Hamblin, is charged with first-degree assault in the case.

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