Erath County mom returns home after stabbing



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Posted on April 21, 2010 at 5:32 PM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 21 at 10:09 PM

MORGAN MILL — For the past six weeks, Brandi Todd lived in a hospital room as she worked to recover after a random stabbing at a Stephenville park that left her paralyzed.

While family and friends stood by her side during her recovery, an army of volunteers worked on her home. Wednesday, she came home for the first time since the stabbing and got to see the redesign meant to make returning home a little easier.

"They did their own version of an Extreme Makeover," Todd said. "But, they didn't do it because someone put my name in, they just did it because that's who they are."

On March 14, a stranger sliced her spinal cord with a knife as she played with her four-year-old son and eight-year-old daughter at a park. Michael Howard, 42, was arrested not far from the site of the crime.

"It was really heartbreaking because you don't ever want your kids hurt for whatever reason," Todd said of her children witnessing the stabbing. "And I knew when I was sitting with her that she was hurt, not physically hurt, but I knew that she was scared out of her mind."

Todd was only able to see her children about once a week while she stayed at the hospital.

"Now, I get to see them everyday," she said. "It will be a big change. There will probably be some really tense moments between us, but we'll just get back into a new routine."

Todd said she was overwhelmed by the community's help.

"I don't feel like I did anything to deserve all this, to deserve such amazing friends and family and community," she said.