A 13-year-old Fort Worth girl who was attacked on her way to a school bus stop in April received a heart transplant Monday.
Dorika Wimana's heart and lungs were damaged when Fort Worth police say 35-year-old Terry Wayne King attacked and choked her April 19 as she was walking from her house to her bus stop at the corner of Calmont Avenue and Laredo Drive.[[489675341, R]]
Wimana's family said she escaped further injury by struggling against King, who police say was scared off when the bus pulled up.
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Wimana was taken to Cook Children's Hospital in Fort Worth after the attack, but moved to Children's Medical Center Dallas in May, said her father Twizere Buhinja.
"She say, 'If I get better, I move from this hospital, I go back to home and I see my family. I see my brothers, I go back to school. I'm going to be happy,'" Buhinja said.
King could face five to 99 years in prison if he is convicted of injury to a child.