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Preemie baby whose mother was stabbed in a random attack comes home from hospital after FIVE MONTHS

A newborn baby is finally home from the NICU after being born 25 weeks premature when his mother was horribly stabbed by a mentally ill homeless person.

Valerie Kasper, 34, was walking on a path near her car in Atlanta, Georgia in June when the man stabbed her multiple times in the back, leaving her in “so much pain” and requiring multiple surgeries, including an emergency C. – section.

Her son Theodore Jude was born on June 5, weighing just two pounds, and spent the next five months in the NICU — where he himself would need four surgeries and ongoing treatment.

But on October 8, Theodore — who still needs oxygen, a feeding tube and a heart monitor — came home for the first time to his dazed parents.

A newborn baby is finally home from NICU after being born prematurely at 25 weeks when his mother was horribly stabbed by a mentally ill homeless person

A newborn baby is finally home from NICU after being born prematurely at 25 weeks when his mother was horribly stabbed by a mentally ill homeless person

Valerie Kasper, 34, was walking on a path near her car in Atlanta, Georgia in June when the man stabbed her multiple times in the back

Valerie Kasper, 34, was walking on a path near her car in Atlanta, Georgia in June when the man stabbed her multiple times in the back

Valerie Kasper, 34, was walking on a path near her car in Atlanta, Georgia in June when the man stabbed her multiple times in the back

Just 25 weeks later, Kasper - who was also with her three-year-old son - had an emergency C-section

Just 25 weeks later, Kasper - who was also with her three-year-old son - had an emergency C-section

Just 25 weeks later, Kasper – who was also with her three-year-old son – had an emergency C-section

According to Good morning AmericaKasper was also with her three-year-old son Benjamin when the attack occurred near the Peachtree Creek Greenway.

Attacker Christopher Jones, 30, stabbed her four times with a knife, causing injuries that required multiple surgeries.

‘My life was almost taken. The lives of both babies were almost taken,’ Kasper told Fox5 Atlanta. “I was three feet from my car and he ran after me.

“They had to repair my colon and my liver. But they didn’t have to remove anything and it wasn’t serious. Somehow you can get stabbed four times and miss everything. It was a miracle.’

She was rushed to hospital, where doctors performed a cesarean section to deliver her baby early at 25 weeks. Babies are considered viable at 24 weeks.

“The trauma of the attack was clearly quite intense and the moment of the surgery was just as scary,” she told GMA. “When I went to the operating room, I cried and said, ‘Save my baby and save my uterus,’ because I thought if he didn’t make it, I’d want to have another baby.”

Theodore required multiple surgeries, including repairs to his colon and liver, both of which sustained damage during the stab attack.

Kasper first saw her baby 24 hours after he was born but was in 'so much pain I couldn't handle being in the wheelchair and nearly passed out in the NICU'

Kasper first saw her baby 24 hours after he was born but was in 'so much pain I couldn't handle being in the wheelchair and nearly passed out in the NICU'

Kasper first saw her baby 24 hours after he was born but was in ‘so much pain I couldn’t handle being in the wheelchair and nearly passed out in the NICU’

Theodore required multiple surgeries, including repairs to his colon and liver, both of which sustained damage during the stab attack.

Theodore required multiple surgeries, including repairs to his colon and liver, both of which sustained damage during the stab attack.

Theodore required multiple surgeries, including repairs to his colon and liver, both of which sustained damage during the stab attack.

He spent five whole months in the hospital getting better before being discharged

He spent five whole months in the hospital getting better before being discharged

He spent five whole months in the hospital getting better before being discharged

Kasper was only allowed to hold her baby three weeks after he was born, and that was still difficult

Kasper was only allowed to hold her baby three weeks after he was born, and that was still difficult

Kasper was only allowed to hold her baby three weeks after he was born, and that was still difficult

Kasper first got to see her baby 24 hours after he was born, but “was in so much pain I couldn’t handle being in the wheelchair and nearly passed out in the NICU.”

She had to recover in the hospital for a week and was discharged on June 12 – but her baby still had a long way to go.

He was transferred to another hospital for surgery and underwent a total of four surgeries.

Kasper wasn’t allowed to hold her baby until three weeks after he was born, and that was still difficult.

“I was sitting there in a bit of pain, I wanted to enjoy the moment, but I also had to be aware of my own limitations,” she said.

Finally, on October 8, he was released from the Atlanta Children’s Hospital in Egleston, where nurses lined the hallway to give him a parade.

Kasper said she and her partner, Steven Barkdoll, are both “super grateful.”

Finally, on October 8, he was released from Atlanta Children's Hospital in Egleston, where nurses lined the hallway to give him a parade.

Finally, on October 8, he was released from Atlanta Children's Hospital in Egleston, where nurses lined the hallway to give him a parade.

Finally, on October 8, he was released from Atlanta Children’s Hospital in Egleston, where nurses lined the hallway to give him a parade.

Kasper had multiple surgeries and is still in a lot of pain

Kasper had multiple surgeries and is still in a lot of pain

Kasper had multiple surgeries and is still in a lot of pain

Kasper still suffers from pain and limited mobility, while Theodore has health problems of his own.  In addition to his oxygen, feeding tube and heart monitor, he takes various medications and needs many doctor's appointments

Kasper still suffers from pain and limited mobility, while Theodore has health problems of his own.  In addition to his oxygen, feeding tube and heart monitor, he takes various medications and needs many doctor's appointments

Kasper still suffers from pain and limited mobility, while Theodore has health problems of his own. In addition to his oxygen, feeding tube and heart monitor, he takes various medications and needs many doctor’s appointments

But Kasper said he's a cutie despite the stress and we love all the cuddles

But Kasper said he's a cutie despite the stress and we love all the cuddles

But Kasper said he’s a cutie despite the stress and we love all the cuddles

She also said that her oldest son was excited to finally meet his little brother, and ran over to greet him.

Kasper still suffers from pain and limited mobility, while Theodore has health problems of his own. In addition to his oxygen, feeding tube, and heart monitor, he takes several medications and needs many doctor’s appointments.

But Kasper said that despite the stress, he’s “a cutie and we love all the cuddles.”

“We hope and pray he thrives at home!” the proud parents wrote on a GoFundMe page.

Meanwhile, her attacker was arrested five days later and was denied bail on the assault charge brought against him in June, with prosecutors describing him as “clearly a danger to society.”

Police said they believe “mental illness played a role” in the attack.

In August, he was charged with criminal attempted murder, criminal attempted feticide, aggravated assault and first-degree child abuse.

Kasper told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: ‘I just don’t want him on the street. I’m not exactly sure what that means, I haven’t looked into it and haven’t seen the news myself because I can’t really handle it, but I just hope the charges are significant.”

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