DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. - The family of Josie Lou Ratley on Tuesday released a four-minute video taken when the teenage girl came home from a South Florida rehabilitation center.
The video shows Ratley, 15, sitting in a recliner opening gifts to celebrate her homecoming on May 25. In the video she laughs, tries on a pair of sunglasses, and with a little bit of coaching, opens a small tube of lip gloss. She giggles as her mother, Hilda Gotay, applies it for her.
She does speak a few words in the video. "I like it," she says about a set of alphabet building blocks.
"This is…?" she asks, holding the lip gloss.
Ratley was left with brain damage following a brutal assault March 17 on the campus of Deerfield Beach Middle School. She was hospitalized for six weeks, then went to a rehabilitation center for therapy. She was released May 25, but has been returning to the center regularly as an outpatient, her family said.
Ratley has had to re-learn basic skills since awakening from a medically induced coma.
Her attacker, Wayne Treacy, 15, is facing a first-degree attempted murder charge. His defense lawyer is preparing to argue his client was insane at the time of the beating. Another teenager, Kayla Manson, 13, is charged as a juvenile with being an accomplice for allegedly leading Treacy to Ratley at a Deerfield Beach Middle School bus stop.