Rachel Poole holds her daughter, Isabella, for the first time after a stabbing endangered both their lives. Her husband, Justin Poole, was on video chat with her when it happened. (Source: KFOX/CNN)
An image posted July 14 to Facebook shows Rachel Poole with her husband and an ultrasound photo of their unborn child. (Source: Facebook)
EL PASO, TX (RNN/CNN/KFOX) - A woman who was stabbed while nine months pregnant in a vicious home attack got to hold her baby girl for the first time Monday.
Rachel Poole, 31, took baby Isabella in her arms at the hospital where she received treatment for the multiple stab wounds she received. She gave birth to her daughter by Caesarean section Friday.
"I think the recovery is going well pretty well; we have an amazingly strong daughter who is absolutely gorgeous," the new mother said in an interview Sunday. "It means the world just being able to see her and know that, through everything, she's doing just fine."
She was nine months pregnant when attacked by a man with a knife. Her husband, Justin Poole, was video chatting with her while he was overseas.
The U.S. soldier based out of Fort Bliss had to watch and listen helplessly as his wife was attacked. Rachel Poole said she recognized the attacker, screaming out the name of fellow soldier Corey Moss.
Isabella was initially sick from the medications her mother received, but she has reportedly gotten healthier and stronger each day.
Social media played a role in the suspect's apprehension. Justin Poole notified people via Facebook of the attack and told them to be on the lookout for Moss.
The 19-year-old suspect was stopped by other soldiers before getting taken into custody by police.
Thousands of people who had seen the story wished the family well on their social media pages. Justin Poole, who returned home shortly after the incident, said he was reading all the messages to his wife.
"We want the people of the world to continue and pray and leave messages on our Facebook pages," he said Sunday. "Everybody keep praying for our daughter to make a full recovery and for my wife to make a full recovery."
According to Justin Poole, the attack stemmed from allowing the suspect to borrow his vehicle. He said Moss damaged it and tried to avoid payment for repairs.
Moss has been charged with the crime, and his bond was increased from $60,000 to $150,000.
Copyright 2013 Raycom News Network. KFOX and CNN contributed to this report.