PITTSBURGH (WDEF)--A routine trip to a Target store in Pittsburgh turned to terror for Silverdale Baptist student Allison Meadows and her family.
Meadows was attacked and stabbed in an incident at the store earlier this week. Now the family returns home, hoping their lives return to normal as well.
Meadows was one of four people attacked by 42 year old Leon Walls while shopping in this Pittsburgh area Target. Meadows suffered a punctured lung and other injuries in the attack. Her father says there's still more to do when they return home.
"We're just going to kind of be checking back in up here. We've got some more follow up things to do at home of course and just kind of take it easy, go slow, and kind of feel the level of what she can do as she can do it," Glen Meadows said.
Allison is a student at Silverdale Baptist, where friends and faculty held to their faith and prayed for her recovery.
"The way that Allison or anyone else goes through this is, Jesus Christ is our savior and you know from talking to the family that's exactly where they are at, they are trusting God they are thanking everyone for praying," said Silverdale principal Mickey Hamill.
The family was in Pittsburgh with Allison's nephew Cooper, who had a three organ transplant a year ago. The two share a special connection.
"It's hard that she was up here to see her nephew and see how well he was doing. They are like two peas in a pod," said Chelsey Stokes, Cooper's mom.
Now friends and family have two reasons to thank a community to far away.
"We owe the credit of saving Cooper's life to the city as well, so we are grateful," says Glen Meadows.
"She is an incredible young lady and all you guys in Pittsburgh as well thank you so much because the help that I've heard that's been out poured to her there? We just can't thank you guys enough for that as well," adds Hamill.