A SCHOOLGIRL who has been hailed a hero is fighting for her life after she shielded her 11-month-old baby from a machete gang, her family said.
The girl, 13, was left critically injured after a gang armed with machetes forced their way into a house in Northern Ireland last night.
The teen is in critical, but stable condition, and the baby was unharmed in Lisnakea.
Elizabeth Joyce, who was also injured, told the BBC: “The baby was unharmed because his auntie is a hero.
“She’s 13-years-old and she threw her whole self over that baby, and she saved his life. She is a ero.”
“It is something that we will never get over.”
Police say they are treating the attack as attempted murder.
The PSNI received a call about intruders at 9.15pm and found the injured the woman and child, who were then brought to hospital.
The young girl sustained serious injuries and is in a critical but stable condition in hospital.
A 41-year-old woman was also treated for stab wounds but is no longer in hospital.
The PSNI have urged anyone with information to come forward.
Detective Sergeant Keith Monaghan said: “Police received a report at around 9.15pm that a number of males, armed with machetes, had forced entry to a house and attacked two female occupants.
“A 13 year old girl sustained serious stab wounds as a result and was taken to hospital where she remains in a critical but stable condition.
“A 41 year old woman was also treated for stab wounds to her leg but has since been discharged from hospital. A baby was also present at the scene but was thankfully unharmed.
“This must have been a terrifying ordeal for those involved and we are determined to find the men responsible.
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“We have several lines of enquiry which we are progressing at this time but I would ask anyone with information or who noticed any suspicious activity in the area to contact detectives in Enniskillen and pass that information on.”
The number to call is 101 and the reference number is 1650 16/11/19.
Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.