San Diego Woman 'Grateful To Be Alive' After Surviving Kenya Terror Attack
A San Diego woman was among those rescued from the Kenya terror attack; she's one of five Americans wounded in the massacre that killed at least 68 and wounded at least 175.ABC 7 reports that Elaine Dang, 26, is now recuperating in a hospital in Nairobi after being wounded by shrapnel to her chest, arms and legs.
She posted a photo to Twitter of herself in the hospital with a bandage on her head with the message, "Proof that I am OK." She added, "I am recovering. Thank you for all the love and support—in Kenya and overseas. Terrorism knows no religion."
She works for Eat Out Kenya and was meeting coworkers at the Westgate Mall when the terror attack began on Saturday. The company posted a photo of her with several cuts to her face, saying, "She is absolutely fine and recovering well."
She spoke with San Diego's ABC 10 from her hospital bed, saying she does not want to talk more with the media until the situation in Nairobi is resolved.
"I just got out of surgery, I'm very grateful to be alive," Dang told ABC.
She posted a message of thanks to Instagram:
Hi family and friends. I am overwhelmed by all of the love and support from friends, family, and professors! I will be ok but please send your thoughts to so many injured, still held hostage, etc. This incident has shown me people are amazing and in moments of true chaos—the impossible can happen. I have a lot to share but will do so over time."
Her father, who lives in Del Mar, told ABC that Elaine lost two friends in the massacre.
Dang graduated from Torrey Pines High School in 2005, UT San Diego reports. She also attended the University of California Berkeley.
Elaine's sister Mary Dang is flying out today to be with her sister, ABC reports.
The Somali terrorist group al-Shabaab, who has ties to al-Qaida, has taken credit for the attack.