Martha Childress is home. The 18-year-old USC student who was hit by a stray bullet in October arrived home Wednesday late afternoon, her uncle, Jim Carpenter said.
The journey home has been a long one for Childress, who was paralyzed after being hit by a stray bullet Oct. 13. Childress and her friend had just enjoyed a late dinner out in Columbia’s Five Points neighborhood and were waiting for a cab to take them back to USC’s campus when she was struck.
The shooting caused a number of injuries to Childress’ internal organs and left the freshman student paralyzed from the waist down.
Childress spent two weeks in the hospital before transferring to the Shepherd Center in Atlanta. Childress and her mother, Pam, spent two months at the rehab facility where Martha’s recovery program included intensive physical therapy as well as learning how to live life in a wheelchair.
People with the Homebuilders Association of Greenville outfitted the Childress’s Simpsonville home to accommodate Martha’s new needs, Carpenter said. Improvements include an elevator, widened doorways, ramps and expanding Childress’ bedroom to allow for easier mobility.
Carpenter said Martha had been looking forward to returning home and spent her first night with her family.
Donations for Childress can be made to a trust fund set up for her. Online donations can be given at www.elephantstrong.org. Or, send contributions by mail to:
Martha Childress Trust Fund LLC
P.O. Box 25653
Greenville, SC 29616