A man and his two sisters are praying their mother recovers after she suffered a neck wound in a mystery incident that left her fighting for her life.
Judit Szaloncai, 56, was found in a pool of blood in her home in Perth Road, Stamford, by her son Robert Fabian on December 18.
Paramedics were called and tried to resuscitate her at the scene before taking her to Peterborough City Hospital, where she remains in a critical condition.
Robert, 28, and his two sisters Patricia and Martina Kovacs, 21 and 17, have spent every day since talking to their mother and hoping she recovers from her injuries.
Robert, who works as a chef at Burghley House, said the days after his mother was injured were hard on the family.
He added: “She was between life and death from December 18 until about 10 days after. She was fighting for her life.
“We spent seven or eight days staying at the hospital. They offered us a room. We didn’t want to go anywhere, both sisters were with me.
“We spent Christmas in there. We didn’t want to leave her. Only on the 25th we came back to the house.”
Judit was an air stewardess in her native Hungary before coming to Stamford in 2007. She now looks after Martina, who has autism, full-time.
Police investigating the cause of Judit’s injuries arrested a man and a woman, both 49, on suspicion of attempted murder on December 18. They have since been released on bail until March 1.
Officers are still trying to work out what happened and Judit’s family are trying to come to terms with the situation.
Robert said: “It has been really hard. My younger sister doesn’t really know what’s going on. She knows what happened but I don’t think she saw anything, which is good.
“I don’t want to tell her too much. She’s really strong but it was a big shock.
“On a positive note at least I found my mother in time. I have to be positive to keep on going. She is still alive - she didn’t pass away.”
Robert, who came to Stamford in 2005, said his family were trying to lead a normal life in the town. They came to England to get better care for Martina and so Patricia could go to university.
He added: “We wanted to have something better in life. We have been through a lot but we started to feel settled here and we love England.”
The siblings now hope their mother will make a full recovery and return home.
Robert said: “She is educated, intelligent and always nice to everyone. She is the sort of person who has been through a lot but she doesn’t deserve what happened.
“She’s always been a fighter in life. She always looked after my sister. We are just praying to God that she doesn’t pass away.”