Saturday, November 12, 2005

Always a Silver Lining?

Stabbing victim Abigail Witchalls has told how carrying her baby gave her "great strength and comfort".
The Witchalls family, from Surrey, released a statement on Saturday about the birth of her second boy, who was five weeks early but healthy.
Mrs Witchalls' husband, Benoit, said the family was "looking forward to an exciting homecoming once more."
Last week, Mrs Witchalls left hospital after treatment for partial paralysis following the attack in April.
The statement said Mrs Witchalls had a natural birth with very little assistance and did not require a Caesarean section on Friday at St George's Hospital, Tooting, south London.
With help to support her newborn, who weighed 5lbs 6oz, Mrs Witchalls had started breastfeeding successfully, the family said.

Mrs Witchalls, 26, who will remain in hospital for several days, said: "I have found great strength and comfort in carrying this child over the past few months and it is such a blessing and a joy to now finally see him face to face."
Mr Witchalls said: "Once again the healthcare professionals here at St George's have been so attentive and generous.
"We are really looking forward to an exciting homecoming once more, except now with another beautiful son and brother for Joseph."
Prayers of thanksgiving were said on Saturday in Little Bookham, where Mrs Witchalls was stabbed in front of her toddler son, near her home.
Father John Sheehy, at Our Lady of Sorrows Roman Catholic Church, said: "I am delighted the baby is safely delivered.
"We are all offering prayers of thanksgiving and will continue to pray for the welfare of the family."
One villager said: "It is an absolute miracle that the baby was born.
"It shows that prayers are answered."


Mrs Witchalls was in the early stages of pregnancy when she was attacked while pushing her son Joseph in a buggy along a country lane near her home.
She told police she turned to see her attacker holding a knife to her son's throat as she tried to open a gate in front of her.
She walked towards her would-be killer before being stabbed in the back of the neck and left with a three-inch wound.
Story from
BBC

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10 comments:

Juggling Mother said...

It is a really heart-warming story. I don't think anybody expected her to live, never mind recover so well.

My best wishes go out to her & her family.

craziequeen said...

I was so happy when I heard she had the baby and he was fine.

That young family deserved a break :-)

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Karen said...

Gee whiz, that's a sad/happy story (sad beginning, happy ending.) Glad all is well.

Michele sent me...

Captain Typho said...

What a senseless crime! What was the motive?

From Michele's.

craziequeen said...

hi Tyrone (I think that has a ring to it!)

I think I'll blog further on this :-)

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Dak-Ind said...

oh my gosh, i had not heard this story... Maybe because im a slacker and hate watching the news to avoid depression (its always school shootings and sensle stabbings) or maybe because im in the pacific northwest out in the US, and we just didnt hear it. maybe both. but how awflu for that woman,a nd what stregnth of will and charachter she has shown. i wish nothing but good things for them. why anyone would stab a pregnant woman, let alone hold a knoife to small childs throat. what kind of sickos are loose in this world!?!

craziequeen said...

Hi dak-ind (what an intersting handle!),

yup, it shocked us terribly here in the UK, even worse that it is not the first time.

But Abigail and her family are fighters :-)

Dave said...

Fantastic news about the baby, but let's not forget that the mother is still paralysed, with minor use only of one arm!

craziequeen said...

true dave, but it's she's come a long way from only being able to blink.

She can speak, and feed herself. and with a little support she can breastfeed her baby - but then, don't we all need support! :-)

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