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SAS: Who Dares Wins star Dan Cross who heard his wife stab over the phone welcomes baby

A SAS: Who Dares Wins star who heard his wife was stabbed to death while on the phone has become happy again after welcoming a baby with his new wife.

Danny Cross’s life was hit by tragedy six years ago when his wife Nicola, 37, was brutally murdered while trying to protect their children, then six and three, from a deranged intruder who had broken into their home in Hemel Hempstead. broke into.

Now he has found joy with mental health professional and new wife Alex Wells, who he described as his “gift from heaven” after helping him in the aftermath of the ordeal, and the couple welcomed a baby girl in July.

The 43-year-old’s new chapter comes six years after he harrowing learned that his wife Nicola was stabbed to death by schizophrenic Marcin Porczynski as she desperately tried to protect the couple’s two children, who luckily survived.

Now IT specialist Daniel is married to Alex Wells and they are celebrating the arrival of their daughter, who was born in July.

Danny Cross has found joy in mental health professional and new wife Alex Wells, who he described as his 'gift from heaven' after helping him in the aftermath of the ordeal, and the couple welcomed a baby girl in July.

Danny Cross has found joy in mental health professional and new wife Alex Wells, who he described as his ‘gift from heaven’ after helping him in the aftermath of the ordeal, and the couple welcomed a baby girl in July.

Dan – who shared news of their newborn on social media – revealed his newfound happiness in an inspiring new podcast with journalist James English.

In it, the father of three said: ‘It’s been six years since we lost Nicola. It’s been hard, but right now life is good. I just had a baby.. This was never the plan, but that’s part of life – and you have to try your best somehow.

Revealing how he met Alex, he added: “I met Alex at a charity night for one of our friends, she was running a marathon.

“I went to the pub and met her there and said hello and we were kind of matched up by one of Alex’s friends later on. When I started talking to her it turned out that she was studying psychology.

Nicola (pictured) was attacked by schizophrenic Marcin Porczynski after breaking into the couple's home in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, in September 2015.

Nicola (pictured) was attacked by schizophrenic Marcin Porczynski after breaking into the couple's home in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, in September 2015.

Nicola (pictured) was attacked by schizophrenic Marcin Porczynski after breaking into the couple’s home in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, in September 2015.

Dan married Alex Wells in 2019 and the couple welcomed a little girl this summer

Dan married Alex Wells in 2019 and the couple welcomed a little girl this summer

Dan married Alex Wells in 2019 and the couple welcomed a little girl this summer

“When we first met, she had just taken a new job in child mental health. It was like a gift from heaven, I couldn’t have wished for anyone better to be involved with.

“She wasn’t one of the professionals who helped us, but she probably helped us more than she’ll ever realize.”

In the podcast, Dan also talks in the most candid detail yet about the harrowing moment when he heard his wife murdered at their childhood home in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire in 2015.

He was working 200 miles away the night she was murdered and heard the horror unfold over the phone as he sat in a hotel room in Hull.

Dan will be in the picture with Alex Wells during their honeymoon in the Maldives at the end of 2019

Dan will be in the picture with Alex Wells during their honeymoon in the Maldives at the end of 2019

Dan will be in the picture with Alex Wells during their honeymoon in the Maldives at the end of 2019

“Celebrating a much needed honeymoon in the Maldives with @alexandracross90 peace, quiet, time to think, fun, adventure, time to yourself,” he captioned their wedding photos

The couple is pictured during their honeymoon in Mauritius in 2019

The couple is pictured during their honeymoon in Mauritius in 2019

The couple is pictured during their honeymoon in Mauritius in 2019

They stayed in beautiful villas over the water for their dream vacation

They stayed in beautiful villas over the water for their dream vacation

They stayed in beautiful villas over the water for their dream vacation

“I immediately screamed and jumped out of bed because I knew someone was in there,” Dan recalls.

“I picked up the hotel phone and dialed 999, but it didn’t work. So I gave it another try and got through to the local police and I could hear Nicky on the phone with some yelling. She pushed, struggled, that sort of thing.

“I could hear what was going on and it was terrible. So many thoughts went through my head at that moment. I think deep down I knew something terrible would have happened because of the nature of the yelling on the phone. I assumed Nicky was dead and thought the kids were next and I just lost control.

“I remember yelling through the phone to this poor 999 operator that she would be responsible if anything happened to my kids because she didn’t act fast enough.

“It wasn’t her fault, but as soon as I handed her the phone, I kept the line open to Nick and just talked to her. I said ‘stay with me’ and ‘I know you can hear me’, please don’t go and don’t leave me. I couldn’t get up off the floor.

“My legs were completely numb. I just dragged myself to the bed to get my legs to work and I remember hitting my legs with my fists to get some feeling in it so I could get up and go down to the reception and could see what was going on.

Brave Dan can be seen in an episode of SAS Who Dares Wins in Morocco

Brave Dan can be seen in an episode of SAS Who Dares Wins in Morocco

Brave Dan can be seen in an episode of SAS Who Dares Wins in Morocco

Dan's wife wears a T-shirt promoting the company he co-founded StrongMen.org.uk to support men's mental health

Dan's wife wears a T-shirt promoting the company he co-founded StrongMen.org.uk to support men's mental health

Dan’s wife wears a T-shirt promoting the company he co-founded StrongMen.org.uk to support men’s mental health

He is now engaged to Alex Wells (pictured together), a mental health psychiatrist who he has been dating for the past 15 months

He is now engaged to Alex Wells (pictured together), a mental health psychiatrist who he has been dating for the past 15 months

He is now engaged to Alex Wells (pictured together), a mental health psychiatrist who he has been dating for the past 15 months

‘In the end I was just shaking at the hotel reception. I couldn’t control my arms. I was still on the phone with Nicola and then all of a sudden I heard children crying on the phone, so I knew that at least my children were still alive. But I heard them say Mama wakes up. I heard the ambulance arrive with the police and then I cut the line, I didn’t want to listen anymore.’

Nicola was stabbed 10 times at their family home in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, while Dan was on the phone 200 miles away in Hull.

Porczynski (pictured) was held indefinitely in a secure psychiatric ward after pleading guilty to Nikki's manslaughter at St Albans Crown Court on the basis of diminished responsibility

Porczynski (pictured) was held indefinitely in a secure psychiatric ward after pleading guilty to Nikki's manslaughter at St Albans Crown Court on the basis of diminished responsibility

Porczynski (pictured) was held indefinitely in a secure psychiatric ward after pleading guilty to Nikki’s manslaughter at St Albans Crown Court on the basis of diminished responsibility

After Nicola’s murder, Porczynski pleaded guilty to Nicola’s murder on the basis of diminished responsibility and was held in a secure psychiatric ward indefinitely.

Dan became engaged to Alex three years ago and first spoke about their relationship when he appeared on This Morning in January 2018.

He said she had helped his children restore their mother’s memories by using memory boxes, a technique she learned through her work.

He recently said: ‘This is a man who has badly damaged goods, he has a lot of luggage and Alex is taking it all on. She is great with the kids. She is a mental health psychiatrist and knows exactly how to deal with them. They love her dearly.’

After Nicola’s death, Dan took part in the Channel 4 show SAS: Who Dares Wins, where contestants put themselves through the elite selection process used to choose SAS soldiers.

During his time on the show, he brought judges Jason Fox and Ant Middleton, who are both ex-special forces soldiers, to tears as he spoke of his experiences.

Dan has since become a dedicated campaigner to help others affected by crime. Last year he set up a charity, StrongMen, for bereaved families.

It organizes weekend retreats for bereaved families to enjoy outdoor activities and the opportunity to talk to others who are suffering from grief.

Dan co-founded StrongMen.org.uk to support men's mental health and is seen with the recruits on weekends

Dan co-founded StrongMen.org.uk to support men's mental health and is seen with the recruits on weekends

Dan co-founded StrongMen.org.uk to support men’s mental health and is seen with the recruits on weekends

Mr Cross first revealed his relationship with Miss Wells in January during a speech on the This Morning show.  He said the psychiatrist was 'great with the kids'

Mr Cross first revealed his relationship with Miss Wells in January during a speech on the This Morning show.  He said the psychiatrist was 'great with the kids'

Mr Cross first revealed his relationship with Miss Wells in January during a speech on the This Morning show. He said the psychiatrist was ‘great with the kids’

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