Kidnapping survivor and child safety activist Elizabeth Smart is pregnant
Elizabeth Smart, 30, and her husband, Matthew Gilmour, are expecting their third child together sometime in November 2018.
Smart shared the news on her Instagram account by posting a black-and-white photo of an ultrasound captioned: "Pretty HUGE news!!!!!! We’re expecting baby #3 in November!!!!"
Smart is the mother to two toddlers, son James 14-months-old, and daughter Chloe, 3-years-old.
Smart and Gilmore who are both members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, met as missionaries in the Paris Mission and married in 2012 after a whirlwind romance
“Today, I’m so grateful for the small things. I feel like a very lucky and blessed woman.”
Smart has come a long way in the last 16 years of her life. In 2002, at the age of 14, Smart was abducted at knifepoint from the bedroom she shared with her nine-year-old sister, Mary Katherine in their home in Salt Lake City, Utah. Mary Katherine pretended to be asleep but heard the exchanges between her sister and her kidnapper.
The abductors were Brian David Mitchell and his wife Wanda Barzee. The couple held Smart captive for 9 months during which she was abused and raped repeatedly by Mitchell. To keep Smart from escaping, the couple shackled her to a tree with a metal cable.
Then, Mary Katherine suddenly realized that she recognized the abductor's voice. He was a man who belonged to their church, and who the family knew as Emmanuel. Police investigations of Mary Katherine's identification led to Mitchell's arrest and Smart's rescue.
On the 15th anniversary of her abduction, Smart who became a victims’ rights advocate and child safety activist, released a documentary about her ordeal, in hopes of inspiring other victims with her story.
Smart was afraid that a normal life and motherhood would be impossible after her harrowing ordeal, and today, as a loving wife and mother, she feels she has come through the pain and achieved healing.
Smart's abductors were convicted of their crimes: Barzee pleaded guilty and was sentenced to fifteen years in prison, and Mitchell was condemned to life in prison without the possibility of parole.