A 77 year-old man thought he was "goner" during an aggravated robbery that left him with serious injuries.
The man asked Hawke's Bay District Health Board to issue a statement on his behalf, so he could thank the people involved in his care and the neighbours who helped him on the night of the June 25 attack.
The man, who does not want be named, said he was recovering well from the serious injuries.
However, at the time of the attack he had thought he was a "goner".
After the attack he ran to his neighbours for help.
There were "amazing", he said.
He arrived on their doorstep bleeding and they tried to clean him up while emergency services were on their way.
"The hospital staff have been wonderful and I couldn't have asked for better care."
"Police have been extremely supportive and have even brought me chocolates," he said.
A teenage girl appeared in court this week over the aggravated robbery.
Chanel Te Ana Allen has been charged with wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.
She handed herself into police on Saturday.
Police allege the 17-year-old broke into the 77-year-old's home, assaulted him and stole his vehicle on June 25.
Allen has been remanded in custody to reappear next month.
The man encouraged anyone who might have information to phone Hawke's Bay Police on 06 381 0700, or to call independent Crimestoppers group on 0800 555 111