RAW INTERVIEW: Ray Widstrand Recovers from Brutal Beating

Updated: 01/14/2014 7:36 PM KSTP.com By: Cassie Hart

Ray Widstrand was walking home late one August night when police say he was beaten and left unconscious by at least five people on the East Side of St. Paul.

Ray's family says he is making a lot of progress. He is using a wheelchair but is starting to take some steps. Just this week he started putting sentences together. But the recovery process with a brain injury is day to day.

Widstrand has had two surgeries for brain swelling and skull fractures with a third scheduled for November. He is getting intensive physical therapy at Minneapolis-based Courage Kenny Rehab Institute. Although he's taken huge steps forward since his August attack, recovering from a severe brain injury is exhausting.

Ray talked with KSTP during a fundraiser held today to help him in his recovery.