SD woman in Kenya attack speaks: Elaine Dang says she is doing well

SAN DIEGO - The San Diego woman injured in a terrorist attack at a Kenya mall is speaking out about her condition.

Elaine Dang spoke with 10News over the phone Sunday from a Nairobi hospital. She said she is recovering and doing well. She also said she is holding off on talking further with the media because the hostage situation at the Westgate mall is ongoing and there are reports of people still being held hostage.

Dang said she will talk with 10News after the situation is resolved.

She also gave an update on her condition.

"I just got out of surgery, I'm very grateful to be alive," said Dang.

Dang works for the restaurant guide "Eat Out Kenya" and was meeting coworkers at Nairobi's upscale Westgate Mall when gunfire broke out Saturday. Terrorists with ties to al-Qaida unloaded a flood of gunfire and grenades into crowds of unsuspecting shoppers. Those who were not hit dodged bullets and crawled to safety.

In a new post on Instagram, Dang thanked those who have shown her support. She posted the following message:

"Hi family and friends. I am overwhelmed by all of the love and support from friends, family, and professors! I will be ok but please send your thoughts to so many injured, still held hostage, etc. This incident has shown me people are amazing and in moments of true chaos - the impossible can happen. I have a lot to share but will do so over time."

10News learned that Dang's sister is on a flight to Kenya to be with her.

10News also spoke with Dang's father who described what it was like to hear that his daughter was among those injured in the attack.

"I cried," Steven Dang said. "And then I'm afraid,  scary ... I'm happy she's doing OK right now."

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