Columbia, SC (WLTX) - The uncle of a University of South Carolina student shot in Columbia's Five Points says the woman is healing well.
Jim Carpenter updated the public Thursday on the condition of Martha Childress. Childress was shot in Five Points on October 13th as she was waiting for a cab.
The shooting left her paralyzed.
She's currently in Atlanta at the Shepherd's Center receiving physical therapy. Carpenter said she's learning to strengthen her wrists, arms, and shoulder muscles to lift and maneuver herself.
He adds that she's being fitted for a wheelchair. He says Martha has a great attitude and that the doctors, nurses, and staff are wonderful.
Carpenter said Childress has also been touched by the overwhelming outpouring of support for her. He said a class at a school in Greenville wrote her notes of encouragement, which she's posted on the walls of her room, and a man sent her an iPad to lift her spirits.
Meanwhile, the efforts to help Childress's family with their medical bills continue. Donations can be made to a trust fund set up for her by mailing to the following address:
Martha Childress Trust Fund
PO Box 25653
Greenville, SC 29616
People can also donate online at www.PrayforMartha.com On November 27th, a 5K run called the "Marthathon" will be held in Greenville. For more information, go to www.go-greenevents.com