Martha Childress at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta. (Courtesy: Shepherd Center)
Simpsonville, SC (WLTX) - The University of South Carolina student injured in a Columbia shooting has returned home after weeks of hospitalization.
Martha Childress's uncle, Jim Carpenter, confirmed Wednesday that she is now at her family's house in Simpsonville.
"She and her family are spending a quiet evening at home," Carpenter said.
Back in October, Childress was hit by a stray bullet while waiting for a cab in Columbia's Five Points district. The injury left her paralyzed from the waist down, as caused damage to her liver, kidneys, and lungs.
The freshman first was hospitalized in Columbia, and then was transferred to the Shepherd Center in Atlanta for two months of physical therapy. While in Georgia, Childress has been strengthening her body and learning to use a wheelchair.
Childress has said she plans to enroll in online classes in January, and intends to return to USC's campus in the fall of next year.
Donations for Childress can be made to a trust fund set up for her: Martha Childress Trust Fund LLC, P.O. Box 25653, Greenville, SC 29616. Online donations can be made at www.elephantstrong.org.