Small town rallies to help mother paralyzed in stabbing

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by JIM DOUGLAS / WFAA

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Posted on March 18, 2010 at 3:00 PM

STEPHENVILLE - A young mother paralyzed in a random stabbing was upgraded to fair condition Wednesday night.

Doctors said there is little chance that victim Brandi Todd, 28, will ever walk again. With that news, support has poured in from Stephenville area residents.

A stranger stabbed the mother of two while she was playing with her children at a Stephenville park. The knife nearly severed her spinal cord.

Todd is from the small town Morgan Mill, which is located 10 miles north of Stephenville and 40 miles southwest of Fort Worth.

At the Morgan Mill General Store & Cafe, people have began hatching big plans to help Todd and her family.

"There has been talk of a benefit in April," said Janette Halliday, Todd's friend. "There has been talk of benefits in the fall. I know there is a community garage sale planned."

Todd used to cook and wait tables at the Morgan Mill store.

"Whether it be fix her something to get her into her house or take her kids to school or take them to baseball practice or try to cook her a meal - it is just whatever she needs," said Faron Hightower, a family friend. "We are going to figure something out and do the best we can."

Hightower's children go to school with Todd's daughter at the Little Rock School in Morgan Mill. It's known in the area for its annual Thanksgiving celebration in which hundreds from Erath County come to eat. It even buses in Fort Hood soldiers for the feast.

When Todd gets out of the hospital, it is that type of giving that will welcome her home. A donation jar has been placed in the store and is already filling up.

"This community is like no other that I've ever known," Halliday said. "When there is a cause to support, we rally around and we get it done."

E-mail: jdouglas@wfaa.com

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