Imagine you are chatting with your pregnant wife over FaceTime when suddenly an intruder who broke into the house attacks her-- and there is nothing you can do because you are thousands of miles away, serving in the military overseas. This is the horrific scenario that happened to the soldier husband of 31-year-old Rachel Poole, who was attacked by 19-year-old Corey Bernard Moss as they were on the phone. At the time, Poole was nine months pregnant and due to give birth any moment.
It all started when Corey Bernard Moss allegedly broke into Rachel's home over an argument they'd been having because he owed her money. Not finding her home, he decided to hide until she got back. When she returned to the house, she began FaceTiming with her husband, Justin, who is stationed in southwest Asia.
Moss then allegedly came out from hiding began stabbing and beating Rachel, who recognized him and screamed his name as her husband listened to the whole awful ordeal. After stabbing Rachel multiple times, Moss reportedly fled the scene.
Meanwhile, Justin was able to call colleagues to alert them that Moss would be returning to the military base. Rachel was able to call 911.
Moss has been arrested and Rachel, who suffered broken bones and stab wounds, is recovering in the hospital. But, tragically, the young military wife and mother may have lost an eye in the attack. Reportedly, her husband wrote on Facebook that Rachel asked him if this was a "dealbreaker" for him. He then replied that "My wife is my wife until I'm no longer breathing."
I can't imagine the horror he went through watching that -- and feeling like there was nothing he could do so far away. Thank goodness everyone is alive. Justin and Rachel have been reunited. And the baby has been born and is doing fine. Her name is Isabella.
Have you ever felt helpless to help someone you love?
Image via Prayers and Updates for Rachel Poole/Flickr