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Baby joy for woman paralysed in stabbing

Abigail Witchalls, left for dead after being stabbed while walking with her toddler son, has given birth to a baby girl, it has emerged.

The 31-year-old was stabbed in the neck by a man who attacked her near her home in Little Bookham, Surrey, in 2005.

Her son Joseph witnessed the stabbing, thought to have been carried out by 23-year-old Richard Cazaly, who later killed himself.

Mrs Witchalls was then 10 weeks pregnant with her second son Dominic, who was born as she recovered from her injuries.

Her husband Benoit yesterday made public a note sent to family and friends last week.

It said: “We are delighted and blessed to announce the birth of our beautiful little girl Rebecca Grace. She was born peacefully and naturally at sunrise on Sunday. We were back home with her by Sunday lunch. She has a full head of hair, is breastfeeding well and weighs in at 7lb 12oz.”

The baby was born at St George's Hospital in Tooting, south London on Sunday, June 6, Mr Witchalls said.

“As with Dominic (our younger son born there in 2005 after Abigail's injury) the maternity ward there has been fantastic and supported us throughout the entire pregnancy. Abi is recovering well.”

Mrs Witchalls was left paralysed in the attack and now uses a wheelchair.

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