Martha Childress Transported to Atlanta For Rehab

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Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- Martha Childress has been steadily recovering after being hit by a stray bullet. Her stepfather and family lawyer are hoping her story can impact state-wide change.

"We about lost Martha twice," Martha's stepfather Ron Johnson said.

In the early morning hours on October 13, Ron Johnson heard grave news about his stepdaughter, Martha.

But in just eight days, things are turning around.

"As you have heard she is a fighter," Johnson said. "They were pleasantly surprised that within a matter of eight days that she's been able to be transported today, so we're a little ahead of schedule."

Martha is now at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta, a facility that specializes in spinal cord injuries.

Although she's doing better, her stepfather says she's having tough nights.

"The trauma surgeon continues to tell us that one of her reoccurring nightmares is hearing the gunshot," Johnson said.

After Johnson spoke, the family's attorney, Joe McCulloch, revealed "Martha's List," proposed action plans to help make the Five Points area safer.

"I have heard it said that this tragedy about Martha could never have been avoided," McCulloch said. "This is a problem that' has been coming on for a long time."

Some of the ideas include implementing a reliable shuttle service for all area students and incorporating a dress code.

Johnson says their work is far from done.

"We are going to continue to fight to make sure that, not just for Martha's sake, that for all these other young folks and adults as well that we feel that we can come down to five points and not be afraid for our life," Johnson said.

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