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Mag Mile stabbing victim shares details of `horrifying` attack

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

The doctor who had his throat slashed inside a Mag Mile hotel restaurant says he thought he was going to die.

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Dr. Mir shah is back at work as an oncologist, two months to the day after he was stabbed several times inside the bathroom at the Grill on the Alley restaurant inside the Westin hotel.

He now has scars across his neck and cheek, as well as two more on his chest.

"It was very shocking, and a very horrifying experience for me," Dr. Shah tells FOX 32 News.

He had just finished dinner with several family members, who were there for the annual Festival of Lights, when he made a trip to the men's room.

"The next thing I felt was a sharp pain on the right side of my neck," Shah explains.

Jimmy Harris, 56, faces attempted murder charges in the attack. He was out of prison just 8 days before it happened.

Shah says when he turned to see what was going on, Harris punched him in the eye.

"With my good eye, I saw him wielding a knife with his left hand in front of me," Dr. Shah explains. "I figured he attacked me, and he wants to probably kill me…so I decided, ok, I'm gonna fight him back."

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That's when shah says he tried to drag Harris out of the bathroom to get help.

"I'm sure I was in pain, but because of the adrenaline flowing, I did not feel a lot of pain," Shah says of the attack. "I distinctly remember feeling the blood flowing down my arm."

Being a doctor, Shah knew he didn't have much time to get to a hospital.

"I thought that I was going to die. Because I knew, if you cut enough blood vessels or bleed long enough, you're gonna collapse, you're gonna die," Shah said.

Attorney Doug Petrovic is representing Shah in a lawsuit against the Westin, the Grill on the Alley, and Jimmy Harris.

He says the restaurant should have had more security.

"It absolutely could have been prevented," Petrovic says. "They have a duty and a responsibility to conduct security checks, to determine who has reservations, who legitimately is on the property."

"I think I deserve to be protected from such unwarranted and unprovoked attack," Shah says.

Petrovich says they haven't decided on a dollar amount in their lawsuit.

FOX 32 reached out to the Westin for comment on the suit, but the general manager didn't immediately return our calls.

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