& # 39; Mother cut my neck & # 39 ;: the woman whose mother cut her throat while she was a toddler and left her in the hospital for three months, reveals horrific memories of the attack
- Susannah Birch was a toddler when her mother grabbed her and cut her throat
- Her mother held the bleeding girl 40 minutes before calling the police
- Mrs Birch has for decades overcome the brutal attack, with long-term problems
A woman has experienced the trauma again from the moment her mother cut her throat when she was just a toddler.
Susannah Birch was on her mother on Australia Day in 1989, when her life changed forever.
& # 39; My mother had placed me on a tea chest, cut my throat with a knife and left me there for about 40 minutes before she got out of her psychosis enough to call the police & # 39 ;, Mrs. Birch said. news.com.au.
Susannah Birch (photo) was at home with her mother on Australia Day 1989 with her mother while her father was working as a carpenter. He came home and found their home surrounded by police cars
She said she reminds the event of & # 39; photographic images & # 39 ;.
& # 39; I remember being in a kitchen with at least one knife in a pot that was being cooked. I have an image of the knife approaching my face. I remember lying on a stretcher outside and I remember lying on a stretcher in the helicopter, & she said.
Her father, who was working at the time, came home and found their home surrounded by police cars.
Mrs. Birch spent three months in the hospital and had a lifetime of health problems.
She had a severed larynx nerve and windpipe and needed more than 50 stitches, which prevented her from talking for five weeks.
Mrs. Birch also had a tracheostomy tube in her throat for 11 years and operations until she was 15.
& # 39; As an adult, I have a paralyzed vocal cord and one that gently flutters, as well as a scar around my neck, & # 39; she said.
Some time while he was gone, my mother had placed me on a tea chest, cut my throat with a knife and left me there for about 40 minutes before she had had enough of her psychosis to call the police, & Mrs. Birch said .
She had a phobia about having objects near her face. She has fought depression and suicidal thoughts.
When she was three, she told her father that she remembered what had happened and that he had spoken to her about it, with the advice of a psychologist.
Her mother was not charged after a bipolar diagnosis, but spent a year in a mental health institution.
She had another psychotic slide just before Mrs. Birch's 14th birthday and eventually her parents divorced.
Mrs Birch has not had much contact with her mother since 2008.
& # 39; As I grew older, I experienced depression and anxiety. I am easily worked up if and when she comes into my life, even through mentions. Having children also confronted, & Mrs. Birch said.
When she was three, she told her father that she remembered what had happened and that he had spoken to her about it, with the advice of a psychologist
Counseling psychotherapist Karen Phillip said that abuse of a child by their mother causes a lot of damage to the child because of the shared bond, but it is unusual for this to happen.
She said that mothers who mistreat their children are often victims of mistreatment themselves or that their substantive problems were concerned.
Dr. Phillips said that serious acts of abuse – including murder – by women against their children are usually accompanied by mental illness, which means that mothers need more support if they suffer from poor mental health.
She added people who had no idea that children could be abused by their mothers, which could lead to children returning to situations that they didn't handle.
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