A Texas woman who was brutally stabbed while nine months pregnant and on a video call with her husband spoke out Sunday about the horrific attack.
"I think the recovery is going pretty well, we have an amazingly strong daughter who is absolutely gorgeous," Rachel Poole, 31, told KFOX-TV in El Paso. "It means the world, just being able to see her and know that, through everything, she's doing just fine."
On Wednesday night, Army Private Justin Poole, who was deployed in Asia at the time, watched helplessly over the phone as his pregnant wife was repeatedly stabbed on her face and body, allegedly by a fellow soldier.
During the attack, Rachel Poole identified 19-year-old soldier Corey Moss. Justin Poole contacted his friends back home, who contacted authorities. The 5-foot-4 Moss, who weighs 130 pounds, was later arrested and charged with attempted murder.
Days after the attack, Rachel gave birth via Caesarean section to a baby girl named Isabella.
"I haven't personally gotten to see her yet, until I make my recovery I'm not going to be able to, but all the reports I have on her are really good," she told KFOX.
According to KFOX-TV, Rachel Poole has started physical therapy and has begun seeing halos in an eye she lost vision in.
"I still haven't talked to the eye doctor, I really want to wait for any confirmation, we're very hopeful," she said.
Individuals from all over the world have sent encouraging messages to the Poole family, and Justin said he is reading every single one to his healing wife.
"Honestly it's such an encouragement, 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," Rachel Poole said.
The Pooles told KFOX they are seeking a public relations representative to help them with media inquires and correct inaccurate reports.
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"We are looking for a public relations representative so we can handle all the rumors that are being put out from other officials that we have not even spoken to because we kept a complete media blackout," Justin Poole said. "We're eventually going to need a lawyer, to handle this case for us, it has to be someone we trust so we need help finding that."
Moss remains in custody on $150,000 bail.
Justin Poole said the attack stemmed from a financial debt Moss apparently owed the Pooles. Moss had allegedly borrowed their vehicle and wrecked it. Justin Poole claims he was evading payment for its repair.
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