Young survivor of elevator stabbing makes first public appearance

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HARLEM, Manhattan (PIX11) -- New Yorkers prayed for Mikayla Capers recovery, and amazingly, there she was, wearing a bright smile and looking pretty in pink and purple.

The spunky 7-year-old who suffered 16 stab wounds, was at the Rev. Al Sharpton’s Harlem Headquarters Saturday, speaking publicly for the first time since the attack on June 1.

“Thank you all for coming, and I would like to thank you for your support and kindness,” said Mikayla.

Mikayla used her hands to shape a heart in honor of her pal Prince Joshua Avitto.

P.J.,  as he was called, and Mikayla were riding an elevator in the Boulevard Houses in Brooklyn, when they were savagely attacked.

Daniel St. Hubert is accused of stabbing the 6-year-old boy to death, and leaving little Mikayla critically injured.

On Friday, the 27-year-old suspect was deemed mentally fit to stand trial on murder charges.

Mikayla has been staying with her great grandmother who said Mikayla is being treated for post-traumatic stress.

“Mikayla is in therapy.  She’s come a long way,” noted Regenia Trevathan, Mikayla’s great grandmother.  “She visited her classmates before school and that was very hard because she was consoling them as they were crying.”

Another young survivor of a violent crime in Brooklyn reached out to Mikayla.

Tayloni Mazyck was left paralyzed last year by a stray bullet as she waited outside her apartment building on Gates Avenue for her aunt.

Next weekend the girls will spend the day together at Six Flags Great Adventure.

The theme park will pick up the tab.

Tayloni instinctively extended the invitation.

“Because she was an innocent victim just like me,” Tayloni said.

Mikayla, who will be moving with her family to a new home, said she’s looking forward to starting third grade, and has big plans for her future.

She said she wants to be a doctor when she grows up.