Teen Beating Victim Still in Coma

High fever keeps doctors from bringing Josie Ratley out of coma

The 15-year-old girl savagely beaten outside her Deerfield Beach school almost two weeks ago is still in a coma.

Josie Ratley was on track to be taken out of her medically induced coma this past weekend until she started to get a high fever, according to the Sun-Sentinel.

Doctors at Broward General Medical Center made the decision to keep the teen, who remains in critical condition, in the coma.

"Her family is beside themselves and praying for the strength to get them through," Ratley's attorney Rick Freedman told the Sun-Sentinel. "They are now coming to the realization that this is going to be a marathon event."

Ratley has been at the hospital since the March 17 attack outside Deerfield Beach Middle School. Wayne Treacy, 15, was arrested in the brutal attack, which was allegedly revenge for a text message Ratley had sent him about his brother who had committed suicide.

Police said Ratley was punched, knocked to the ground and had her head repeatedly slammed on the concrete by Treacy, who stomped on the girl with his steel-toed boots. 

Prosecutors said Treacy will be charged with premeditated attempted murder.

Photos of Ratley, released by her family, have shown her in her hospital bed, her head severely swollen and bruised from the beating.

Ratley has already had surgery on her skull to relieve pressure and prevent internal bleeding inside her head.

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