By Staff, Baptist Message
JACKSON, Miss. – ‘We’re coming home!’
“Kelly Kiper Longoria has been released from the hospital this morning,” Lisa Knight Kiper, Kelly’s mother, wrote on her Facebook page.
It was welcome news for the thousands of prayer warriors who have been lifting up Kelly Longoria and her family since early July.
On July 16, 22-year-old Kelly was abducted at a convenience store on her way to work, shot in the head by her assailant and left for dead near a Winnsboro graveyard.
When she was airlifted to the Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit at Jackson Memorial in Jackson, Miss., the outlook was grim. Doctors told the family the chances were very high she would not make it through the night as they could not remove the bullet.
They were concerned what the adverse effects would be by leaving the bullet.
Scared and hurting, the family turned immediately to God for strength and intervention. And God answered in a mighty and powerful way.
“After six long weeks, I’m happy to say today we are coming home. The past six weeks have been miraculous to say the least,” Shane Longoria wrote on his Facebook past Aug. 27. “Praise God for his miracles.
“I’ve seen my wife fight for her life and fight for her recovery. I knew when we got married I was marrying one tough cookie but through this tragic event I’ve been able to see just how tough she is,” said Longoria.
Likewise Kelly’s mother is quick to give God the glory.
“God is the God of miracles and we witnessed His handiwork,” Kiper wrote. “Thank you Lord. We thank our Lord for hearing and answering our prayers for healing Kelly.”
Even though Kelly has been release from the hospital, the family is asking people to respect their privacy while she gets settled in to her surroundings.
While I know they are very excited about being at home, we ask for some space and privacy, until they are ready for visitors Lisa Kiper wrote. “She will continue with outpatient therapies.”
“While we are ready to see everyone, we know this will be a big transitional period. In time, we would love to see you all, but for right now we ask you would please respect our privacy until we say that visitors are allowed,” Shane wrote.
“Thank you for all your love, support, and your prayers. We can see how they have worked in Kelly’s life,” wrote Shane.
Kiper wrote, “We can never say thank you enough for your prayers, gifts and support. God bless each and every one of you.”