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Woman survives throat slashing

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Sitting on the porch of the home where she almost died, Lacey Locke said she feels lucky to be alive.

"I'm just very thankful to be here," said Locke during an exclusive interview with Channel 4.

That statement is easy to believe, considering the cut on her throat that came within one millimeter of severing a main artery.

The Sumner County Sheriff says Lacey's husband, Norman Locke, tried to kill her at their home on Shute Lane last Saturday.

It was their two-year wedding anniversary.

"I don't know was happened, he just lost it," she said. "He used several knives... it was really bad."

Investigators say that after Norman Locke slit Lacey's throat, he left his wife to die then tried to take his own life.

"You see it in the movies and you see it on TV, you even see it on the news, but you never in a million years think it's going to happen to you," she said. 

Locke said thinking of her children kept her alive.

"The thought of my kids gave me the strength to literally scoot to the phone," she explained.

Shortly after the brutal attack, deputies arrived and took Norman Locke into custody and charged him with attempted murder.

"When they got here I remember hearing them say they didn't think I was going to make it," she explained. "I couldn't react to that, but I could hear it. And I remember feeling like I wasn't going to make it."

Now a week later, Lacey is out of the hospital and trying to move on. She says she's taking her recovery hour by hour and leaning on her family and faith to get through the day.

"God has placed the best friends and best family in my life," she said. "Without them I don't know how I could go from one day to the next."

"All of the doctors and detectives and everybody are blown away that I'm still here," she said.  "I am a walking miracle."

There is a fund set up to help Locke and her children get back on their feet.  If you would like to help you can donate at any U.S. Bank branch.

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