A pregnant woman has relived the moment she was stabbed by her lover after his religious mum found out.
She and the baby surprisingly survived the attack in 2016 but she has now opened up about how her “world fell apart”.
Babur Karamat Raja, 43, tried to murder Natalie Queiroz, 43, and their unborn baby by stabbing her in the stomach and chest 24 times with a 12-inch carving knife.
Strangers rushed to their rescue and Natalie, of Sutton Coldfield, was only saved because a breast implant protected her heart.
The blade missed her baby girl, now three, by just 2mm.
It wasn’t until Natalie, who was 32-weeks along, came around from emergency surgery that she discovered it was her partner that tried to kill her in the brutal nine-minute attack.
He had put his rucksack under his jumper to make himself look fatter so his victim wouldn’t recognise him.
Natalie told the Mirror: “My world fell apart. I was utterly broken, but I needed to carry on for my girls.”
The couple had known each other for 25 years before they got together and Natalie described their romance as a “fairy tale”.
He was “brilliant” with her two young daughters and she was over the moon when he said he wanted more children.
But when Natalie became pregnant she feared what his strict Muslim family would think, as Raja’s mother wanted him to have an arranged marriage.