Brusly woman attacked in Brazil out of ICU

A Brusly woman brutally attacked by a homeless man in Brazil in late October is out of intensive care and is beginning to recognize family members, the woman’s husband said Sunday.

Renee Elliott Murdoch, 44, was taking a daily walk Oct. 26 along a Rio de Janeiro beach when a man approached her and beat her with a fence post, her husband Philip Murdoch said.

Renee Murdoch was taken to a hospital with severe swelling in her brain and was put into a medically induced coma, her husband said.

Police took her attacker into custody.

Renee Murdoch has been moved to a “semi-intensive” care room and sleeps about 22 hours a day, Philip Murdoch said in an email. She is no longer sedated, he said.

“She is speaking, moving both sides of her body and recognizes family members,” he said.

Philip Murdoch said he and his wife met while studying at LSU in the late 1980s.

They moved to Rio de Janeiro 12 years ago and founded Light to the Nations, a Christian organization that either operates or helps to operate several churches across Brazil.