CONWAY, SC (WMBF) – Brenda Williams woke up in her own house for the first time in months on Saturday. Williams was released from a hospital in Georgia and returned to her home in Conway on Friday.
Myrtle Beach Police say Katherine Johnson tried to steal another woman's purse at a K-Mart, when Williams tried to step in and help. Then according to police, Johnson drug Williams through the parking lot with her car- putting Williams in a coma and paralyzing her from the waist down.
It was an emotional day as Williams hosted a homecoming celebration at her home on Saturday as a way to say thank you to those that helped her through difficult times. The day consisted of greeting each other, singing and of course praying.
One special guest arrived to say hello, Mary Fagnant. It was Fagnant's purse that Williams tried to get back.
Fagnant says she thinks of Williams every day. "I pray for her every day that she'll be healed," she said.
Though her life may have changed course, Williams keeps a smile on her face. Brenna, Brenda's 16 year old daughter says she is amazed by her mother every day.
"Her sense of humor is still there," Brenna said."I mean her smiling is just making me smile. There's nothing really different, just seeing her in a wheelchair makes it a little bit difficult- but at the same time we are just blessed to have her here."
Williams says her positive attitude comes from someone higher up."God was good to me," she said. "I wasn't supposed to live, they only gave me 48 hours, thanks be to God here I am."