CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) - A Chattanooga teenager stabbed during an attack in Pennsylvania, spent her first full day back home in Chattanooga. Channel 3 talked to Allison Meadows and her family about the scary ordeal, her homecoming and recovery process.
Allison Meadows was with her family in Pittsburgh earlier this week, when a man ran into a Target store and stabbed her and two men. The Meadows family got back to Chattanooga Friday. They say they can't say "thank you" enough to their community for the outpouring of support.
Meadows is a sophomore and softball player at Silverdale Baptist Academy. She says the continued prayers and "welcome home" banners that cover her home are a major help as she begins her road to recovery.
"It meant a lot to all of us that so many people were supporting us and were there for us and praying," Meadows said.
"Probably looking the best I've seen her in a long long time," her dad, Glen Meadows said.
The Meadows family was in Pittsburgh visiting a young family member at the hospital. Allison, her mom, Sharon and family member, Chelsea made a shopping run to Target. At that same time, suspect Leon Walls went into the Target and started stabbing people.
"I got that call I will never forget," Glen said.
"It's a horrifying experience for a mom to watch," mom Sharon Meadows said.
Allison says it's kind of a blur.
"By the hood. He grabbed me by the hood and I don't really remember. I never saw him," Allison said.
"He was just walking past us and kept walking and he grabbed her as he's walking, and just kept going and so he was literally pulling her," Sharon said.
Several witness jumped Walls and held him until police arrived. Two men were cut. Several people were treated at the hospital with Allison. Hidden under her arm swing is a seven inch cut and another three to four inch cut.
"Cut the meat. Cut her all the way to the bone there," Glen said.
The most damaging wound was a punctured lung. She underwent surgery to repair it and doctors say she might be back on the softball field in a month or so.
"It's a story that could've turned out a lot worse, but it's had a good ending so far," Glen said.
The Meadows want to thank their Silverdale Baptist family and the many others who've kept them in prayer. They say their long drive back to Chattanooga gave them a chance to talk it through and become closer as a family.
"We got to reflect a lot about our faith and how God spared Allison's life," Glen said.
They plan to attend Easter service Sunday. Allison says she'll go back to school Monday.