A MOTHER who stabbed and nearly killed her son following a drunken row has been reunited with him despite being made homeless days before Christmas.
Donna Lonsdale, 37, plunged a kitchen knife into 19-year-old Stephen's chest, narrowly missing his heart, at the end of an all-day drinking binge.
Following the incident on 5 August she spent five months in custody while awaiting trial.
She pleaded guilty to wounding at Burnley Crown Court and was given a 12-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, with a 12-month supervision order and 80 hours unpaid work.
Since then she has been living with friends and relatives at several different addresses after splitting up with her former partner at their home on Commercial Street, Oswaldtwistle.
But despite this, she says she is looking forward to rebuilding her life and has enjoyed seeing her family, including Stephen, over Christmas.
She said: "It has been very hard since I came out of prison as I just feel I have been left high and dry. I have had nowhere of my own and have had to live with friends.
"Over Christmas I have been able to see all my children which has been really good but it has all been very upsetting. I just want to get back to having a proper family life with my kids.
"I want a happier life than I have had and to be honest I found living in prison easier than it has been since I came out."
At the time of the original incident, Stephen, who now lives with his partner in Trinity Street, Oswaldtwistle, was found lying in a bedroom by paramedics and police and taken to the Royal Blackburn Hospital with a serious chest wound.
He underwent surgery for a collapsed lung and needed six units of blood.
Since then Donna has been able to see him along with her other children Lee, 17, Daniel, 15, and Jamie-Lee, 14, over Christmas.
She says she is now looking for a permanent place to live and hopes to get a job over the next few months to help re-build her life.