AS Christine Seymour drifted in and out of consciousness, the one thought going round in her mind was: “I don’t want to die.”
As frenzied housemate Andrzej Chranowski rained down punches on her face and repeatedly stabbed her with surgical scissors, she made the decision to fight for her life.
Moments earlier she had been standing in the street outside her home, talking to a friend on the phone.
Without warning, Chranowski lunged at her and after tearing a 4.5cm deep wound in her chest, tried to rip out her heart.
The attack had come from nowhere, but after the initial onslaught Chranowski didn’t let up – dragging the bleeding woman from the street, into the hallway of the house they shared.
As she tried to crawl to the safety of her own room, he asked her “Are you not dead yet?” before dumping her on her bed.
All the while the terrfied night shift worker’s only thought was: “I don’t want to die yet. I don’t want this man to be the one to decide my time is up.”
Today, over a year after the attack which nearly killed her, Christine is determined the “friendly giant who turned into a crazy monster” will not ruin the rest of her life.
He is starting an 18-year prison sentence, but 60-year-old Christine is determined the experience of that terrible night will not be a life sentence for her.
Her physical wounds have now healed, but she still suffers pain from the damaged nerves in her arms where she tried to defend herself from the scissors.
Bravely displaying the wounds that criss-cross her body, Christine says: “One of them missed my heart by a centimetre. I’m lucky to be alive.”
But probably worse than the injuries is the emotional trauma, which is as raw as the day it happened.
Christine, who now lives in another shared house in Spalding, says she “has good days and bad days” but on the bad days she is paralysed by fear and unable to leave her home.
She said: “I have lived in Spalding all of my life and before this happened I wasn’t afraid of anything. Now, I am frightened of what is behind every door and round every corner.
“What he did has not just affected me, but also a lot of other people, such as my family and the people who witnessed what happened.
“I am having trauma counselling to help me deal with what happened and put it behind me but at the moment it is with me every day. When I close my eyes I am right back there. But I have said all along that I will not let this man beat me.
“I don’t want to be this blubbering mess for ever and I am determined to get back to being the old Christine.”
The brave grandmother has praised the paramedic who saved her life that night in Spalding’s Green Lane, and the police whose hard work brought Chranowski to justice.
She said: “I am pleased with the sentence. It is a long time and I hope it gives him time to reflect on what he has done.
“We had lived in that same house for more than two years and he always seemed quiet and polite. He always said hello and I called him the friendly giant. But on that night he became a crazy monster.
“I still don’t understand why he did what he did, but I just hope that when he gets out of prison in eight or nine years, they send him home to Poland. I can’t forgive him for what he has done to me.”