Ms Christie was returning to her hotel room in North Carolina after a day’s work as a sign language interpreter. As she turned around to close the door, she saw a man in her doorway.
The man went on to violently assault and brutally rape Ms Christie, leaving her with horrific injuries, including serious internal damage, as well as a brain bleed which has left her with epilepsy. She has had six surgeries so far to repair what was destroyed
In an exclusive interview with Fr Joseph Borg, Ms Christies explains that she still has flashbacks and nightmares, but she says that she has forgiven her attacker – who went to rape and even kill a number of other women; not that she excuses what he did in any way but so that she does not become “this embittered, hateful person.”
Six weeks after the rape, Ms Christie found out that she was pregnant.
“I had an ultrasound and when they turned on that ultrasound screen and I saw that image… for the first time since the assault, when I saw that, I smiled…. something beautiful had come from something terrible,” she says.
Together with her husband Jeff, Ms Christie is a keynote speaker at the Annual March for Life organised by the Life Network Foundation Malta on Sunday 9th December at 3.30 pm in Castille Square, Valletta.
The full interview will be broadcast on the programme Follow Up on RTK 103FM and Newsbook.com.mt on Monday 10th December 2018 at 5.00 pm.