The headlines last week were almost too shocking to read. "Pregnant Woman Stabbed While Her Horrified Husband Watches Live on FaceTime." Could there be anything more terrible?
For Rachel Poole of El Paso, Texas, those grisly headlines were her reality. Last Wednesday, at a glowing 9 months pregnant, she was excited to talk to her husband, who was deployed overseas. But while FaceTiming her husband Justin on the walk back to her apartment, she unwittingly walked into a harrowing fight for her life. 19-year-old Corey Bernard Moss was hiding inside, and immediately lunged at the mom-to-be with a knife the second she entered.
Sources would later say that Moss was there to confront Rachel about a debt that was owed (over some mere car repairs, no less); but from the sound of things, he never really came there to talk about anything. And what he never could have expected was just how hard Rachel would fight for her own life—and her baby girl's. During the attack, Rachel dropped her phone, but called out her attacker by name, so her husband could hear. Moss eventually fled, and was caught just hours later.
Rachel would suffer a collapsed lung, displaced vertebrae and damage to her left eye, which is now blind. But she survived, as did her baby girl Isabella. And two days later, the little girl would be delivered via C-section at the University Medical Center in El Paso. Despite the amount of drugs being pumped through her system and the stab wounds Rachel suffered to the abdomen, baby Isabella seems to be doing just fine.
Rachel herself has been in critical condition for much of the week, but according to her father is now breathing on her own and eating. She even managed to give a brief interview Monday.
"I think the recovery is going pretty well, we have an amazingly strong daughter who is absolutely gorgeous,' Rachel told KFOX14. "It means the world, just being able to see her and know that, through everything, she's doing just fine."
And the flood of well-wishes she's been getting have sure been keeping her spirits up—her husband reads her the many messages she receives each day from friends, family and even strangers.
"Honestly it's such an encouragement," Rachel said. "Just to see and hear the support that is being brought to my family right now, through everything, knowing that everyone's really come to stand behind us right now is really helpful for any kind of recovery."