The jogger who lay in a two-week coma after she was raped and beaten by a gang of youths in Central Park has told a nurse she wants to run again.
The woman's emergence from a coma was announced Wednesday by doctors at Metropolitan Hospital, where she is slowly recovering from the April 19 attack."I think we have some pretty good news," Dr. Robert S. Kurtz, assistant chief of surgery and director of surgical intensive care, said at a news conference.
Kurtz and Dr. Kent Duffy, chief of neurosurgery, said the woman had spoken in a hoarse whisper to relatives and staff members on Tuesday, raised two fingers when asked to do so and was able to read large flash cards printed with yes, no and her name.
When hospital staff flashed the signs and she responded, "three or four people started clapping. I was one of them," Kurtz said.
And when a nurse told the 28-year-old patient that she would like to resume jogging, the patient replied, "Me, too," Kurtz said.
The woman, an investment banker and a native of a Pittsburgh suburb, was on her regular jog through Central Park when the youths pounced on her. Six teenagers have been indicted on charges of attempted murder, rape, sodomy and assault. The youths, ages 14 to 16, are being held without bail.
Barring complications, doctors expect the woman will undergo weeks or months of slow, steady improvement. She has begun physical therapy.
Kurtz and Duffy reiterated that it is unlikely the victim will ever fully recover.