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Benefit for "living miracle," St Paul assault victim

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Ray Widstrand's family told KMSP that they consider him to be a living miracle.

Widstrand's relatives, friends and co-workers attended a Saturday night benefit at the Goodrich Golf Dome in St. Paul to raise funds to help pay for his extensive medical care. KSTP reports Widstrand, 26, has had two surgeries for brain swelling and skull fractures; a third is scheduled for November. He receives physical therapy at Minneapolis-based Courage Kenny Rehab Institute.

The St. Paul man was attacked, beaten and left unconscious in August as he was walking home from work in the Dayton's Bluff neighborhood of St. Paul. One adult and four juveniles have been charged in the case.

Widstrand is using a wheelchair and is starting to take some steps as he continues the slow recovery process.

"It's been trying at times, but it's also been a learning experience for me," Widstrand said.

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