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Victim of savage rock attack faces long road to recovery

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By Jamel Major - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - A Memphis woman continues to recover after she suffered a savage attack.

For Charlotte Gathings, the long road to recovery is just beginning after several teens recently attacked her with a rock.

"I was scared," Gathings said Tuesday. "I didn't know what was going on.  As I was down, they were still trying to attack me."

Since the attack, Gathings has had to undergo surgery.

"Three of my bones were fractured," she said. "I have two fake bones in the front of my neck, and a metal plate in front of my windpipe to my chin."

And, doctors told Gathings she'll have to wear a neck brace for at least six months.

"I broke down in tears when he came in and told me it was worse than what it was," she said. "I broke down."

The incident began as Gathings was picking her daughter up from Raleigh Egypt High.  She says that's where a teen suspect was trying to fight her daughter.

"It was just a big ordeal, him calling her out of her name, and going back and forth," she said.

Gathings' son soon intervened and a fight broke out, and Gathings, along with school officials, had to break up the altercation.  Later, the teen suspect showed up at Gathings' home in Raleigh with two car loads of other teens.  It was then that the teen suspect's brother picked up a rock and struck Gathings' in the head, leaving her unconscious.

"Don't nobody know what I've been through but me and my family," Gathings said. "We've been through some stuff, but all we've been through. God has allowed us to make it, and I thank him for it."

Investigators have already questioned several other suspects in the attack, and more charges could be pending.

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