FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (CBS/AP) Josie Lou Ratley, the Florida teen who was viciously beaten outsider her Fort Lauderdale middle school March 17, will likely need extensive long-term care and physical therapy if she recovers from a medically induced coma, but a trust set up in her name will help ensure that her family will be able to provide it.
Ratley's family has received an incredible outpouring of support since the brutal steel-toed stomping, which was allegedly committed by 15-year-old Wayne Treacy. Restaurants and community leaders have put together drives for the Josie Lou Ratley Fund, and at least four events are scheduled for April, three of them during the next seven days.
The private trust was set up shortly after the attack to cover Ratley's long-term care, Rick Freedman, the family's lawyer, told the Miami Herald.
"When we set up the account, we didn't know what the extent of the tragedy was going to be,'' Freedman said to the paper. "She may need speech therapy. She may need occupational therapy. We don't know what she will need until she wakes up and talks, hopefully. And she walks, hopefully.''
Ratley, 15, continued to show signs of improvement on Easter Sunday, moving slightly in bed.