LEWISTON — An Auburn woman who survived multiple stab wounds and a severe concussion after she was attacked last week has been released from the hospital, her parents told the Sun Journal on Monday.

Phil and Carol Laurendeau wrote in an email Monday that their daughter, Kellie Cardona, “is healing physically, but the emotional scars will linger for a long time.”

The Laurendeaus penned an open letter to the community, including family, friends and co-workers, thanking them and especially several neighbors who rushed to her defense during the attack.

“Carol and I especially thank her new neighbors on Clover Lane in Auburn who came to her cries for help, for without their intervention, the outcome could have been a lot worse,” they wrote. “We also thank the Auburn Police Department, so many detectives, all first responders, staff at Central Maine Medical Center, Safe Voices, Androscoggin Children’s Advocacy Center, the Department of Health and Human Services, etc. for the professionalism they provided in this horrific violence.”

Police said Cardona was attacked by her live-in boyfriend armed with a kitchen knife at their Clover Lane home. Cardona fled the home and was chased into her yard by Eric Griffey, 44, who was disarmed and held by a neighbor until police arrived. Other neighbors attended to Cardona.

Griffey is being held in lieu of $250,000 cash bail at Androscoggin County Jail in Auburn.

The Laurendeaus said Cardona’s sister, Kristen, and Cardona’s friend, Pam Albert, have started a GoFundMe drive for Cardona.

“Kellie will have many medical bills and future counseling bills for her children and herself. Domestic violence is rampant nationally and it has now affected our personal lives,” the Laurendeaus said. “We have been asked by many, ‘How can we help?’ Well, this is a way to help Kellie and her sons, Noah and Liam.”

The site can be found at www.GoFundMe.com/KellieCardona.

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