Martha Childress update: Healing, but still in pain

U.S.C. student still in pain, but healing

COLUMBIA (WACH) - The family of a University of South Carolina student shot and wounded while she waited for a taxi says she continues to heal although she remains in pain.

Martha's stepfather says she is a little ahead of schedule with her recovery.

A family spokesman Jim Carpenter says Martha Childress is in pain from a chest tube that's draining excess fluid and from a cracked rib. Carpenter says his niece's vital organs are continuing to heal and the family is grateful because she seems to be regaining function of bodily systems.

Martha's stepfather also said she has been transported to Atlanta to begin treatment.

The shooting left Childress paralyzed. Childress was struck by a random bullet while she was waiting by the Five Points fountain for a taxi to take her back to her dorm early Oct. 13.