by Ryan Smith and Alison Kenworthy (via 'Good Morning America')
ABC NEWS -- The Wisconsin girl who was allegedly attacked by her classmates and left for dead is waking up in her own bedroom today, continuing to recover. The girl, 12, is ecstatic to be in that room after finally leaving the hospital Friday, family friend and spokeswoman Dana Hoffmann says.
She’s enjoying watching episodes of “Full House” and spending time with her pets, Hoffmann said.
“She’s a very big cat lover,” she added. “She’s got two cats at home, and you know, it’s just trying to re-establish what that new normal looks like and surround her with things that are familiar.”
The girl was allegedly stabbed 19 times in the woods May 31 by her so-called friends, Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weier.
Geyser and Weier faced attempted first-degree intentional homicide charges in the attack in Waukesha, Wisconsin. They are being charged as adults and have not yet entered a plea.
The sixth-grade classmates hoped to pay homage to a fictional character known as “Slender Man” by killing their victim in the woods, according to court documents. The victim – whose identity ABC News is not revealing because of her age – managed to crawl to a road, where she was discovered by a passing bicyclist and rushed to a hospital.
Krista Natarelli, a family friend, is inspired by the girl’s resilience.
“She knew that she wanted to live and she was going to do everything she could to make that happen,” Natarelli said.
The girl’s family, including her grandmother, posted heartfelt letters at the site of the attack.
“She has a love for life and the dramatic sparkle of any typical 12-year-old girl in her eye,” one of the letters reads. “Although the sparkle has dimmed for now, we know it will be back again brighter than ever because of the amazing support she has worldwide!”
Such support has been overwhelming, including a baseball fundraiser and an online campaign called “Hearts for Healing” that has raised nearly $40,000. People around the world are also sending her symbols of love, such as homemade purple hearts that will blanket the walls of the victim’s room.
Natarelli is confident that her friend will be able to overcome the attack’s emotional wounds.
“She is going to survive this,” she said. “People can overcome horrible things. She is a beacon of life for all of us.”
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