Mallory Haulman didn't talk much Wednesday but she seemed to be in good spirits. She was smiling and chatting with family members and holding a teddy bear someone sent her in the hospital. The mood could almost pass for a Sunday afternoon spent watching TV, instead of being the first day home for Haulman after being viciously attacked.
Her father Denny says he's relieved to have her back. "She's doing lots better, the swellings gone down quite a bit. She still has a hard time eating but she is in pretty good spirits considering."
Just 24 hours earlier Mallory was in surgery, from a vicious attack family members say was just a chance happening. Denny Haulman say, "To us it's just a random incident with no explanation."
Her sister Mae was next to her in the hallway when Mallory was attacked, "I was in shock it was like watching a movie because I didn't even believe it was happening... I didn't want her to die," says Mae. "Before the ambulance came she told me she was o.k. and that made me feel a lot better."
The Haulmans say they are ready for things to go back to normal.
"The last thing we want to be is fearful of going back out in public or school," says Denny. For the Haulmans its Mallory's strength that gives them courage.
Mae says about her sister, "She is really brave she's really brave."
Denny mirrors that thought, "I think she has actually been stronger than I have."
The Haulmans say they feel blessed to have such community support.
Mallory says she appreciates all the flowers and teddy bears people have sent her and wants to thank everyone.