Uncle Updates Public on USC Shooting Victim, Martha Childress

7:08 PM, Oct 18, 2013   |    comments
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Columbia, SC (WLTX)  A health update about USC student Martha Childress, who was struck by a bullet while waiting for a cab in 5 Points. 

Spokesperson for the family an uncle, Jim Carpenter, released this statement


I am writing to give you an update on Martha's healing. I spoke to Ron Johnson, Martha's stepfather, a little while ago. He says that she's had some more pain today. The doctors are still reluctant to remove the chest tube, which is draining excess fluid, but causing her some discomfort. In addition, they learned today that she has a cracked rib, which is also causing her some pain. So today was a little rougher for Martha.

On the brighter side, I'm happy to report that the injuries to her vital organs are continuing to heal. She seems to be regaining the function of her bodily systems, for which we are very grateful. The doctors and the nurses at the hospital have been wonderful, kind, considerate, and compassionate. The support of family and friends has been uplifting and encouraging.

Despite her continued discomfort, the family hopes to have Martha transferred the Shepherd's clinic in Atlanta early next week, probably Monday or Tuesday. The family had received glowing reports about the clinic earlier this week, but after their visit to the clinic yesterday, they are even more impressed and excited about having Martha there.

Let me say again, the family really appreciates the way you all have rallied around Martha and our family with your love and prayers.

Sincerely yours,

Jim Carpenter

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