A brave mother fought for her life after protecting her daughter from a knife.
Tracy Larkowski, 37, had to be resuscitated twice after the weapon fell into her left breast, breaking several ribs and puncturing her lung.
The nine-year-old mother was recovering her 15-year-old daughter Shakira in front of a supermarket when the attack took place at random.
She claims that the stranger "came out of nowhere" and rushed to her daughter, so she pushed the teenager away, to Basildon, in the middle of the day. Essex.
But the blade crossed her chest and went out on the other side, and her friend threw her into the car and rushed to the hospital where she "died" twice.
A 22-year-old man, suspected of serious and intentional bodily harm, was arrested. He was later released under investigation, pending further investigations.
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She said, "I died twice in the emergency room, my chest had to be drained and my lung had to be re-inflated.
"My left lung had collapsed and needed to be sewn right under my heart.
"How I'm still alive, I'll never know." There must have been a guardian angel watching me that day.
"I feel so lucky, I do not know how I'm still alive, even my surgeon said that.
"We need to set up a knives program in Basildon to educate as many people as possible.
"It's not just the person who has been stabbed who is affected by this terrible behavior.
"It's also family, friends and grandchildren waiting for your return home."
On October 7, Tracy and her friend Paul, 50, went to get Shakira in front of the co-op because the teenager was scared after someone – not the knife – fought her friend.
Mom and daughter were coming back to the car when "out of nowhere".
She added, "He went straight for my daughter, I saw her knife before seeing her face."
Instinct took over and she pushed her daughter – throwing her to the ground and to the ground.
"Before I knew it, before I had the chance to turn around or run away, he put the knife in my back and escaped", said Tracy, who stated that no one in the family had recognized him.
The blade sliced through her left breast, broke several ribs, pierced a lung, and nearly missed her heart before creating a macabre exit hole in her chest.
Tracy said her lung had started to fill with blood and that she was facing a run for life or death to the hospital.
"I felt it bubbling with blood, I did not scream because the pain was phenomenal," she said.
"It was the worst feeling in the world, my lung was filling with blood and I was trying to keep breathing.
"I was in agony."
Tracy was rushed to the Basildon University Hospital by her friend because she was a few minutes from the hospital and the trip lasted only about four minutes.
Paul entered the A & E ambulance drop-off area and called for help.
Tracy says that all she remembers is "spitting blood" and seeing blood at her feet in the hospital.
She had to be resuscitated twice after losing pints of blood because of open wounds in her chest, she said.
"If I had waited for an ambulance, I would have probably bled in the street," she said.
The doctors inserted a plastic drain into Tracy's lungs to drain the blood. She always needs weekly medical visits to the hospital to control her breathing.
Tracy spent more than three weeks in the hospital and underwent two operations and four blood transfusions.
Tracy added, "The first time I woke up was the worst feeling I've ever felt, I never want anyone to go through what I did.
"I did not expect to wake up, I thought about it and I can not believe how lucky I am to be here again.
"My babies are everything to me and it breaks my heart every time I think about it."
Tracy is still recovering from this horrible aggression and faces months of inability to work and support her young family.
Tracy says she's always reliving the terrifying moment she's been stabbed every time she's closing her eyes at night.
She said, "It's like hell for me. Every time I close my eyes, I see him again. I'm anxious. It's really horrible.
"I can not go out alone and I will recover for a long time.
"I went from a mother who works to benefits, it's going to be a huge financial problem."
Tracy said she'd be "always grateful" to the surgeons, doctors and doctors who saved her life.
She said: "I can not thank them enough and I can not repay them.
"I can not fault them, the care I received was incredible.
"I feel so lucky."
A spokesman for the Essex Police said: "A 22-year-old Basildon man, suspected of serious and intentional bodily harm, was arrested, and was later released under investigation, in the US." waiting for new investigations. "