VICTORIA - A 26-year-old newlywed woman is in hospital with serious injuries after being slashed in the leg with a knife by a man who broke into her home in Victoria.

Police say the woman was attacked when she woke up early Wednesday and went downstairs to investigate some noises.

A man who'd broke into the home stabbed her in the leg, severing her femoral artery, vein and nerve to the lower leg.

The victim's husband grabbed the suspect but let him go to tend to his wife's severe wound.

The woman is in hospital with what police call life-altering injuries.