Sarah Williams, the 19-year-old Seattle Pacific University student critically wounded in the campus shooting last week, was discharged from Harborview Medical Center this afternoon.
Williams was wounded by a shotgun blast and taken to Harborview in critical condition last Thursday. She was transferred out of the intensive-care unit over the weekend, according to spokeswoman Susan Gregg.
Williams, of Phoenix, issued a statement on Tuesday thanking the community for its support.
I would like to thank everybody for the incredible outpouring of prayers and support that have been sent to my family and me since the events of last week. I know there is a lot of concern for my health and well being, so I’d like to take this opportunity to let everybody know that I am healing and getting stronger. The doctors and hospital staff at Harborview Medical Center have been fantastic and they are taking excellent care of my family and me.
While every day brings improvement, I have a long way to go for full recovery. During that time, I truly do wish that everyone please respect my privacy and that of my family. We are interested in only one thing: being together and getting through this.
My family and I send our love and prayers to the other victims and to Paul Lee’s family. Also, my heartfelt gratitude goes out to everyone here in Seattle, from the staff and my fellow students at Seattle Pacific University, to my roommates and friends, the police, to everyone here at Harborview and to the friends back home in Phoenix who are doing everything they can do to help me and my family. It means a great deal for me to know that there are so many wonderful people in this world who care, and I cannot thank you enough.