A UK woman’s unborn baby was delivered in an emergency C-section after the 8-months pregnant mother was fatally shot with a crossbow in her home, according to reports.
The baby boy’s mom, 35-year-old Sana Muhammad, was attacked Monday inside her home in the east London town of Ilford in front of her five other children.
Ramanodge Unmathallegadoo, 50, was later charged in the woman’s murder – and according to CNN, Unmathallegadoo is the ex-husband of the victim.
The victim suffered a wound to her abdomen during the horrific incident with the crossbow missing the unborn baby by mere inches.
Doctors safely delivered the baby – who was due in four weeks – with the arrow still piercing through Muhammad, her second husband, Imtiaz Muhammad, told the London Evening Standard.
“The arrow went up into her heart but did not touch the unborn baby. The baby was due in four weeks,” the devastated man told the news outlet. “They operated with the arrow still in because it would have been too dangerous to take out.”
The baby, who was named Ibrahim, was transferred to a critical care unit after being delivered.
Imtiaz Muhammad recalled to the news outlet how his wife was fatally shot in front of her children, ages 1, 4, 12, 15, and 17.
He said he found the alleged killer hiding in the family’s shed and was then chased into the house.
“I went to put a cardboard box in the shed. He was there with the crossbow loaded. He stared at me, he was going to shoot so I ran into the house. My wife was doing the washing up, I was shouting, ‘Run! Run! Run!’” Imtiaz Muhammad recalled.
“He shot her. I can’t help thinking she took my arrow. Maybe it should have hit me. The kids were all there, it was horrific,” he said.
The man described Sana Muhammad as “a wonderful mother and wife.”
“We were together seven years. I am heartbroken – we were inseparable,” he said.
Meanwhile, Unmathallegadoo appeared at the Barkingside Magistrates’ Court Tuesday and was remanded in custody, according to London’s Metropolitan’s Police Service.
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