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These BFFs Found A Sweet Way To Cheer Up Their Friend After He Was Stabbed

"Our collective friendship is foundationally built on humor."

Posted on July 27, 2016, at 4:04 p.m. ET

Here's a story about three best friends who all have matching semicolon tattoos to commemorate the time one of them was stabbed and nearly died.

Garth Purkett, Michael Gosselin, and Andy Osborn met in high school in 2006. Purkett told BuzzFeed that the three of them instantly clicked.
Garth Purkett

Garth Purkett, Michael Gosselin, and Andy Osborn met in high school in 2006.

Purkett told BuzzFeed that the three of them instantly clicked.

"[We] quickly bonded as best friends since we were all into going to punk and metal shows, quoting The Simpsons, playing music and video games, and making really stupid jokes together," Purkett said.

"Not much about our friendship has changed since then," he said.

"Not much about our friendship has changed since then," he said.

But five years ago, something terrible happened. Purkett got a call telling him that Gosselin had been stabbed while trying to help someone getting mugged.

This story's about the best joke ive ever been a part of. It starts on this night in 2010; I got a call that my best friend had been stabbed

Purkett told the story on his Facebook and Twitter accounts, where it has been shared hundreds of times.

(He said the stabbing happened in 2011, and that he tweeted out the wrong date.)

Gosselin was hanging out with friends in Los Angeles one night when a woman in the group was attacked by "a strange man who was trying to mug her."

Gosselin jumped in to help, Purkett said, despite being much smaller than the assailant. He managed to fight him off, but as the mugger ran away, he realized he had been stabbed in the abdomen.
Garth Purkett

Gosselin jumped in to help, Purkett said, despite being much smaller than the assailant. He managed to fight him off, but as the mugger ran away, he realized he had been stabbed in the abdomen.

Gosselin was rushed to the emergency room. Surgeons discovered that the knife had hit one of his kidneys and a portion of his colon, and both had to be removed.

Meanwhile, Purkett was back in Seattle worried sick.

"When I first heard Mike had gotten stabbed, I was in absolute disbelief," he said. "It didn't seem real."

Purkett said he felt helpless being so far away from his friend. He and Osborn booked their flights to go down to LA as soon as they could, but they also wanted to find a way to show Gosselin how much he meant to them.

Before leaving, we contemplated what to bring him to show him we loved him. A card signed by all our friends? An ironic bag of kidney beans?

That's when Osborn had his genius idea.

Then, Andy had possibly the greatest thought that's ever entered his head: tattoos. I called my tattooist, who got us in same-day.

"Our collective friendship is foundationally built on humor — it's really our love language as best friends — so we knew it would go over well," Purkett said.

"We even showed Mike's mom first right before heading into the ICU in LA to see Mike, and she cried so, so hard because she loved it so much amidst a deeply emotional time."

When Gosselin woke up, both Purkett and Osborn revealed their tattoos to him. He didn't get the joke at first, so he had to be guided along. "Well, since the part of your intestine you had removed was part of your colon, now you have a..."

Purkett said that once Gosselin got the joke, he absolutely loved the gesture, even as he was straining not to open his stitches from laughing."He teared up a little bit, and seemed very thankful. We all gave him ginger little homie hugs," Purkett said.
Garth Purkett

Purkett said that once Gosselin got the joke, he absolutely loved the gesture, even as he was straining not to open his stitches from laughing.

"He teared up a little bit, and seemed very thankful. We all gave him ginger little homie hugs," Purkett said.

A few years later, Gosselin also got the semicolon tattoo.

In 2014, Mike got his own tattoo. Our tatooist loved the story so much, he did it for free. Three semicolon BFFs.

Purkett said that Gosselin has fully recovered and suffers no lingering effects from the stabbing or the surgery. The three pals still hang out together all the time, and now they have one more funny story to share.

Purkett wanted to tell the story to mark the five-year anniversary of Gosselin's close call, and to celebrate their friendship.
Garth Purkett

Purkett wanted to tell the story to mark the five-year anniversary of Gosselin's close call, and to celebrate their friendship.

"On an anniversary like this, all I could think about is how grateful I am to still have Mike in my life."

Garth Purkett

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