San Diego woman speaks to CNN's Anderson Cooper about how she survived Kenya mall attack
Elaine Dang reveals how she walked out alive
Last Updated: 57 days ago
For the first time since she nearly lost her life in a terror attack in Kenya last month, a San Diego woman is telling her emotional story of how she survived.
The attack at mall in Kenya left dozens dead and more than 150 others wounded.
Elaine Dang, who survived the massacre, sat down for a formal television interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper on Wednesday alongside her sister and mother.
"Sometimes I'm very removed from the situation, but when I see the photograph and other photos of victims or people that I knew that's when I realize I was there," Dang said during the interview.
A photo of Dang was taken shortly after she escaped. It shows her face cut up and caked with blood.
Just moments before the photo was taken, Dang says she was just trying to figure out how to stay alive.
"I just thought, 'OK, my next thing to do right now is just to pretend that I'm dead,'" she said. "I just laid and I made it a point to lay towards where the shooting was happening because I still wanted one, to have like eyesight and vision in case I needed to see what was happening and two, I didn't want to be shot in my back because I want to be paralyzed if I needed to run."
Dang's mother broke down on set as she described the moment she learned her daughter had been shot.
Dang told Cooper that she wants to go back to Kenya but does not know when.
She said she considers it her second home and says what she went through increased the love she has for the country.
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