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SD native shares new details of terrorist attack

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - A San Diego native says she played dead to survive a terrorist attack in Kenya.

Elaine Dang was there the day the horror played out a mall, and dozens of people were killed.

Elaine Dang opened up in an emotional interview with CNN that sheds light on the chaos that erupted inside that Kenyan mall September 21st.

"I was thinking I can't die," Dang said.

Elaine Dang was covered in blood when she was rescued from the Kenyan mall where dozens died last month.

The 26-year-old San Diegan described to CNN being in the middle of gunfire when gunmen stormed the Westgate mall in Nairobi.

"The lady that I was on top of was shot so she screamed, 'I've been shot' and there started to be blood everywhere," she said.

Terrorists killed at least 67 people during the four day siege, including some women and children.

"I was actually preparing myself to be the next one to surrender and then another woman did it before me and I saw her do this and get up and then, and they, she was shot," she said.

Dang says she played dead but was always thinking ahead.

"I just laid. And I made it a point to lay toward where the shooting was happening because I still wanted one, to have 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 didn't want to be paralyzed if I needed to run."

Her mother broke down during the interview and when she heard her daughter was in the mall.

"I almost passed out. I say can't be happen my daughter, you know. I say happen to her I don't think I can live. But I'm glad she's okay," she said.

Dang suffered injuries all over her body from an experience still too surreal.

"When I talk about I talk about like sometimes I'm very removed from the situation but when I see the photograph and other photos of other victims, people that I knew, that's when I realize I was there," Dang said.

Elaine Dang is back in San Diego recovering with her family. She's also raising money to go toward the Kenyan Red Cross.

Kenya is still a second home for her and she still hopes to go back and help educate underserved children.

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