School shooting victim Amina Bowman goes home

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by ELISA HAHN / KING 5 News

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Posted on April 3, 2012 at 1:40 PM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 3 at 6:01 PM

SEATTLE – Amina Bowman, the 9-year-old girl critically wounded when a gun in a classmate’s backpack went off at school, walked out of the hospital and headed home for the first time in six weeks Tuesday.

Amina was shot at Armin Jahr Elementary school in Bremerton Feb. 22. The bullet pierced several vital organs and narrowly missed her spine. Doctors weren’t sure if she’d survive or walk again. Amina has undergone five surgeries at Harborview Medical Center.

People in the hospital applauded Tuesday as Amina and her family walked through. Her doctor said Amina will still need a feeding tube for the next couple of weeks, but she’s very strong and has recuperated faster than they expected.

Amina was quite shy when reporters asked her questions, but her mother said Amina is very excited to return home. She will need physical therapy and will still make trips back to Seattle to see her doctors. Amina will likely stay at home for the rest of the school year.

April 3 has come to mean a lot to the family. One year ago, Amina’s father, John, returned home from Iraq. Now his daughter is coming home from the hospital.

An account has been set up to help pay for Amina's medical care. If you wish to help, you can donate to the Amina Bowman Trust at Bank of America.

The mother of the 9-year-old boy who brought the gun to school, and the mother’s boyfriend, are facing assault and firearm possession charges. Prosecutors say the boy, who lives with his uncle, got the gun during a visit with his mother.

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