It was 2am and I was heading off to bed… little realising that soon I would be literally fighting for my life.

We had just enjoyed a lovely dinner at home with friends and I decided to join my husband in bed rather than tidy up

I was heavily pregnant and my body could feel the bed calling me… I eased into my comfy spot and felt my heartburn starting to ignite, but the thought of leaving the bed at that stage was far worse than the discomfort, and I fell asleep quite quickly 

That peaceful sleep was soon disrupted by a more intense fire in my chest and I gave in… I got out of bed to get a glass of water…

In the darkness of my kitchen lingered the silhouette of a man!

I screamed at him to get out of my house then quickly felt the coarseness of his hand muzzling my mouth whilst the other gripped tightly around my neck… suffocating me

I could not breathe.

All I could think of were my children as he slammed my body against every surface of the kitchen

I thought I was going to die- which made me question what was about to happen to my children.

 There was nothing I had of any monetary value to give him to make him leave, which then made me fearful of my children’s lives. They are all I have- was he there for them?

The thought of him harming my children released enough adrenaline to take down an army.

I made peace with the idea that I was going to fight him, I was determined to win- and I went for it!

I bit, kicked and fought back as hard as I could – even with my heavily pregnant belly in front of me.

Eventually, I freed my mouth from his grasp and I continued to scream at him to get out of my house

He knew I wasn’t going to stop fighting and he bolted out as quickly as he could.

The pain hit me within seconds of him escaping- there was blood everywhere, I could taste it in my mouth and smell it intensely… then I felt the labour pains kicking in with full force.

Suddenly my husband was standing in front of me panicking trying to work out what had just happened.

 I told him I needed my phone, I needed my dad and we needed to get to the hospital.

My husband called the police, who were there within minutes, the ambulance arrived soon after and I was on my way to hospital.

On the way to the ambulance I remember seeing my dad walking up to the house from his car… I hadn’t seen my face but the expression on my fathers face said it all.

I was hurt, really really badly.

I could feel it. The pain was so intense – but not as bad as the heartache, the fear of my unborn baby being injured or born too early as a result of the brutal attack… or even worse losing her completely.

The midwives were amazing- so kind and full of empathy- but there was nothing anyone could do to stop the labour.

I remember channeling inner peace stronger and more focused than I ever have before – I needed to forget everything I had just been through and focus on the unborn baby and encourage a sense of calm to flow over us.

When my husband walked into the emergency room I found my peace, he has always been a source of strength and that day was no exception.

I will never forget that ordeal, how scary it was, but more than anything the fear of losing a baby.

Thankfully I was able to carry my pregnancy to term and my baby girl is now a happy, healthy three year old .

Some of my children still remember that day. They remember “seeing Mummy on tv”… but I am happy that none of them understand the gravity of what happened that night.

Ignorance is bliss- especially when you are a child, I wouldn’t want their sense of safety to be stolen from them, the way it had been attempted to be stolen from me.

I look back on that night with the deepest of gratitude though, I am grateful I didn’t lose my baby, that my dad lives so close and I am particularly grateful that the intruder left his weapons outside with his accomplice – the police said it could have been a very different outcome otherwise.

So scary! Have you ever had a near-death experience? Share it with us in the comments below.


  • What a terrifying ordeal – she’s a very brave and very lucky lady, thank goodness she and her unborn child were okay in the end.

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  • Not a a great situation to ever been in. Scary, how awful.

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  • Heavens sakes, how very frightening. While I’ve been home alone, pregnant and had someone try to break in (no they didn’t get in) this is 100 times scarier. So glad they both came through it.

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  • Holey moley how terrifying! I am glad they are all physically ok!

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  • What a terrible experience she went through, mine was inconsequential in retrospect of this lady’s. So pleased she and her family are all OK.

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  • Very scary moment

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  • I was terrified of this happening when I was home alone with my baby. So horrifying.

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  • Omg that is so intense! This story is basically my worst fear. This is the main reason I am always tempted to move my son into our bedroom with us and the baby. People breaking in during the night is just horrifying. So glad everything turned out well!

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  • I’m glad her husband was home even though he was late coming to her rescue. Maybe she had shut the kitchen door and the bedroom is the opposite end of the house. Some guys would sleep through anything though. What a scum bag to attack a heavily pregnant Mum.

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  • Very scary, I’d do anything to protect my babies

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  • It is so scary and confronting. No one could prepare you for this.

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  • Thank God she and her kids survived this !
    Yes, I experienced a scary life threatening incident once too and survived it ! It does change your perspective on life for sure.

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  • Sooo terrifying to read

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  • What a terrifying experience. I gather they caught her attacker – some comfort.

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  • That is soooo scary!

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