Mandy Bass: The Woman Who Forgave The Intruder Who Brutally Beat Her | Megyn Kelly TODAY

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>>UNBELIEVABLE. LUCKILY, MANDY BASS MADE IT OUT OF HER DOOR AND INTO THE ARMS OF THE POLICE, WHO WERE WAITING OUTSIDE. MANDY IS HERE WITH US NOW. AND THE MAN WHO ATTACKED HER WILL JOIN US IN A MOMENT. MANDY HAS BRITAWRITTEN HA BOOK ABOUT HER EXPERIENCE. “TAMING THE TAKOLASH.” WE’LL GET TO THE TIGHT OFFICIAL THE BOOK IN A SECOND. THAT CONFUSED SOME OF US. YOU WALK US THROUGH THE MOMENTS WHEN YOU KNEW YOU WERE UNDER ATTACK. DID YOU THINK HE WAS GOING TO KILL YOU?>>YES. I KNEW IF I DIDN’T GET OUT, I WAS SURE I WAS GOING TO DIE THAT DAY.>>YOU FEEL THE REASON YOU LIVED IS YOU WERE ABLE TO BLOCK HIM WITH THAT CHAIR AND RUN.>>YOU KNOW, THERE’S NO WAY TO KNOW. BUT I’M VERY HAPPY THAT I WAS ABLE TO BLOCK WITH MY ARM. OBVIOUSLY, THERE WAS SOMETHING GOING ON, I HAD NO IDEA ABOUT.>>THIS IS EVERYONE’S WORST NIGHTMARE. IN THE SAFETY OF YOUR OWN HOME, NOT DOING ANYTHING, TO BE ATTACKED WITHIN AN INCH OF YOUR LIFE. THE TRAUMA THAT COMES FROM THAT PHYSICALLY IS ONE THING. THE PSYCHOLOGICAL TRAUMA IS MORE SIGNIFICANT.>>YEAH. THE PHYSICAL INJURIES WITHIN A COUPLE OF MONTHS HAD PRETTY MUCH — I HAD MADE MY WAY THROUGH THEM. BUT EMOTIONALLY, YOU KNOW, I WAS VERY LUCKY TO BE ABLE TO HAVE SOME SKILLS AND PEOPLE AROUND ME WHO REALLY HELPED ME WITH THE TRAUMA. BUT EMOTIONALLY, IT WAS A VERY, VERY DIFFICULT TIME AND VERY DIFFICULT TO DO ORDINARY THINGS. AS CRAZY AS IT SOUNDS, IT WAS — I WAS AFRAID TO LEAVE THE HOUSE AFTERWARDS. EVEN THOUGH THE ATTACK HAD HAPPENED –>>DOESN’T SOUND CRAZY.>>EVEN THOUGH THE ATTACK HAPPENED INSIDE THE HOUSE, I MADE THAT MY LITTLE FORTRESS.>>YOU RUN OUTSIDE, THE POLICE ARE THERE. THE POLICE HAD BEEN THERE, SITTING OUTSIDE, WHILE SHE WAS GETTING ATTACKED. THEY SAY, BECAUSE OF PROTOCOL. THEY SAW HIM RUN INTO YOUR HOUSE?>>THEY SAW HIM BREAK THE WINDOW. THEY SAW HIM GET OVER THE FENCE. AND THEY WITNESSED HIM — THAT’S WHAT THE POLICE REPORT SAYS, THEY SAW HIM BREAK MY WINDOW. AND YOU KNOW, THEY DIDN’T KNOW WHAT WAS GOING ON. I WASN’T AWARE THAT THEY WERE OUT UNTIL I ESCAPED FROM THE HOUSE. I DIDN’T KNOW THAT THEY WERE OUT THERE THE WHOLE TIME.>>WE REACHED OUT TO THE POLICE FOR COMMENT. I MEAN, THEY WERE THERE WHILE SHE WAS GETTING BRUTALLY ATTACKED. AND THEY HAVE NOT RETURNED OUR CALLS. PREVIOUSLY, THEY SAID IT WAS BECAUSE OF PROTOCOL, WAITING FOR BACKUP, WAITING TO FIGURE OUT WHAT THE SITUATION WAS, WHAT THEY WOULD BE RUNNING INTO, AND SO ON. YOU WENT TO THE HOSPITAL TO TREATMENT FOR YOUR INJURIES AND YOU HAD TO RETURN HOME, TELL US WHAT THE SCENE WAS WHEN YOU WALKED BACK INTO THAT HOME BY YOURSELF.>>IT WAS A REALLY COLD NIGHT. AND THE WINDOW HAD BEEN BROKEN. THE POLICE HAD SECURED THE HOUSE WITH THE HURRICANE SHUTTER. BUT IT WAS COLD. YOU COULD FEEL THE WIND COMING THROUGH. WHEN WE WALKED IN, IT WAS REALLY EERIE. A YOUNG POLICE OFFICER TOOK ME THROUGH THE HOUSE, TURNED ON ALL THE LIGHTS AND LEFT. I WAS THERE WITH THIS BROKEN WINDOW. THERE WAS BLOOD EVERYWHERE. THERE WAS GLASS EVERYWHERE. AND WHEN I HAD LEFT THE HOSPITAL, THEY HAD WANTED ME TO STAY. AND I WAS AFRAID BECAUSE MY CATS — I HAVE TWO CATS. AND I HAD ASKED THE POLICE, I WAS COMMUNICATING WITH THEM WHEN I WAS IN THE EMERGENCY ROOM. AND I WAS SAYING, PLEASE MAKE SURE MY CATS ARE OKAY. WHEN I LEFT, I WAS AFRAID TO LEAVE THEM.>>AS YOU MIGHT IMAGINE, MANDY WAS VERY ANGRY ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED TO HER. AND SHE DID SOMETHING WITH THAT ANGER. WE’LL TALK ABOUT IT NEXT, WHEN WE MEET THE MAN WHO ATTACKED HER. AND HIS BACK STORY WILL STUN YO He’s a NASCAR Champion who’s faced thousands of drivers. She’s a world-class swimmer who’s stared down the best in her sport. But for both of them, the most challenging opponent was… PE blood clots in my lung. It was really scary. A DVT in my leg. I had to learn all I could to help protect myself. My doctor and I choose XARELTO� XARELTO�… to help keep me protected. 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