“A real miracle” is how the father of a Columbus, Ohio, stabbing victim is describing his daughter’s recovery.
Jameela Muhammed, a 29-year-old mother of two, was stabbed around 3:30 a.m. Wednesday while trying to break up a fight outside her apartment, ABC 6 News reports.
Jameela’s father, Abdullah Muhammed, said he was sleeping on a couch in an apartment nearby and heard the fight. He went outside only to see his daughter stabbed in the chest.
“She pulled it out, and when she pulled it out, it broke,” Abdullah told WSYX News. “The handle from the blade was still in her, and she pulled that out too.”
The knife punctured her heart, the family would later learn.
Jameela was rushed to Grant Medical Center where a trauma team brought her back from the dead.
“We lost her for a few minutes, yes, but we were able to bring her back,” Jennifer Hartwell, a trauma surgeon, said.
“Instead of traditional CPR in trauma surgery we are very aggressive about making an incision, opening the chest and taking the heart in our hands and literally just pumping the heart with our hands, and that is the best way to get her back,” Hartwell added, explaining the way the team was able to keep Jameela alive while they repaired the damage.
“It’s very exciting to care for patients like this,” she said. “And it’s the greatest reward to see my patients do well.”
Jameela was last reported to still be in the intensive care unit at the hospital, and listed in critical condition, but she was recovering.
“Any person with that type of wound usually dies, but she is young, she is fighting, strong willed and we are praying for her,” he said. “I will always be grateful to the workers here, nurses and the doctors, surgeons at Grant.”
Jameela’s mother, Chadeejah said she is angry her daughter was a victim of the stabbing, when she had nothing to do with the fight. “She is a kind giving person, not a trouble maker, a real good mother. We are just praying for her to come through and be okay.”
Police have arrested and charged the woman accused of stabbing her.
Abdullah said he and his wife are hopeful their daughter will pull through and they are thankful for the help she received.