AN unborn baby has miraculously survived after its mother was stabbed to death in a “horrific” attack in London.
Emergency were called to an address in Raymead Avenue in Thornton Heath about 3.30am on Saturday following reports that a heavily-pregnant woman was having a cardiac arrest.
Paramedics arrived to find the woman, who was about eight months pregnant, suffering from multiple stab wounds.
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London’s Air Ambulance was dispatched to the scene but sadly, despite the best efforts of paramedics, the mum-to-be could not be saved and died at the home.
Incredibly, however, the deceased woman’s unborn child was delivered alive before she passed away.
The premature baby was rushed to hospital where the Metropolitan police said it remained in a “critical condition”.
A 37-year-old man has been arrested and is being questioned by detectives from London’s Homicide Command.
Detective Chief Inspector Mick Norman said the woman’s devastated family was being supported by trained officers.
“This is a horrific incident in which a young mother has lost her life and her child is critically ill,” DCI Norman said.
“A large crime scene is in place, and is likely to be in place for some time.”
London mayor Sadiq Khan said violence against women “is endemic in society”.
“Devastating murders in the home, like this one, show the scale of the problem we face,” he said.
“My prayers are with this innocent child, and with the mother it has so tragically lost.”