The London police officer who was stabbed in the head with a machete has been named as 28-year-old PC Stuart Outten.
In a statement issued today, his family said they were “incredibly proud of the bravery Stuart showed during the incident".
They added: "His injuries could have been fatal and we are thankful that he is stable and recovering in hospital with his loved ones around him."
PC Outten is in a recovering in hospital after suffering stab wounds to the head and body in a “sudden and brutal” attack in Leyton, east London, in the early hours of Thursday morning.
Muhammed Rodwan, 56, has been charged with attempted murder and will appear at Thames Magistrates' Court today.
Muhammed Rodwan was charged with attempted murder after the attack
PC Outten joined the Metropolitan Police straight from school and his family said he "loves being a police officer and protecting the public".
They continued: “Although there are risks associated with his job, we would never have expected something like this to happen.”
They thanked the ambulance service and hospital staff for their “care and compassion” and said they were “overwhelmed the amount of support we have received from the public, Stuart’s colleagues and the wider policing family".
The statement also addressed images that have circulated that show the victim's injuries and him recovering in hospital.
"We would kindly ask the media and the public not to publish these images at what is already an extremely distressing time for us as a family. We would also ask the media to please respect our privacy at this difficult time."