Martha Childress is going home

cwinston@thestate.comDecember 18, 2013 


Martha Childress, the University of South Carolina freshman paralyzed by an errant bullet in October while waiting for a taxi in Five Points, is going home.

Jane Sanders, a spokeswoman with the Shepherd Center in Atlanta, said Wednesday night that she had left the rehabilitation center where she has been since shortly after the October shooting.

Childress said last week that she planned to be at her Simpsonville home by Christmas. Doctors at the center said they were pleased with her progress.

At Shepherd, Childress learned to live in a wheelchair. The bullet hit her spinal cord and doctors have told the family that she will never be able to walk.

Meanwhile, the man accused of shooting her will be in federal court Thursday, where Michael Juan Smith faces up to 10 years in prison.

He also faces charges in state court including assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime.

The State is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service