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St. Paul assault victim Widstrand moved out of ICU

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Ray Widstrand, a St. Paul man who was brutally beaten on the east side of St. Paul in early August, is out of an Intensive Care Unit and is now in long-term acute care.

KARE 11 reports the news, citing a CaringBridge.com page set up for Widstrand.

Though just reported Saturday, the entry for Aug. 20 indicates that Widstrand has been moved "to a long-term acute care hospital."

Widstrand, who suffered severe head injuries, has been hospitalized since Aug. 4. He was out for a walk in his neighborhood when he tried to walk through a group of about 30 to 50 juveniles and young adults who were fighting, according to a criminal complaint filed by the Ramsey County attorney’s office.

He suffered “potentially fatal brain swelling” and “permanent and protracted loss of brain function,” the criminal complaint says.

Earlier this week, it was reported by BringMeTheNews that Widstrand had started breathing on his own.

On Thursday, the victim's father expressed cautious optimism regarding his son's condition.

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