THE sons of a man who died after being stabbed have thanked the medics who battled to try and save his life.
Marlon and Robert Dagg presented £600 to the staff at Sunderland Royal’s intensive care unit (ICU).
The cash was collected at the funeral of their dad George, who was found with stab wounds close to his home in Purley Road, Plains Farm, on July 2.
The 56-year-old died at the hospital less than 48 hours later.
Hundreds of people turned out to pay their respects to the lorry driver at his funeral at the Immaculate Heart of Mary RC Church in Springwell Road.
Marlon, 30, and Robert, 24, handed over the money at the hospital this week.
Marlon said: “It was nice for us to be able to thank the staff in person. They looked after my dad and they kept him going, so we wanted to thank them for it.
“It gave everybody the opportunity to say their goodbye.
“I was over the moon to find out how much had been raised. People didn’t have to give anything, but it’s really appreciated.”
A spokesman for the hospital said: “We are very grateful to the family for their consideration and generosity in such tragic circumstances.”
Brothers Jack Ryan, 21, and Jess Ryan, 24, have been charged with Mr Dagg’s murder. They have been remanded in custody until September 11 for a plea hearing at Newcastle Crown Court.