Sue Scheff: Josie Ratley’s Condition Worsens (teen beaten nearly to death by other teen)

On March 17th, 2010, our community was shocked, horrified and stunned to hear of a 15 year-old eighth grader, Josie Ratley that was severely beaten nearly to death by another teen, Wayne Treacy

After spending two weeks at Broward General Hospital and undergoing two surgeries on her brain, Josie condition has worsened as pneumonia and the left side of her brain shows damage.

In the recent attack on Josie Ratley, Broward Circuit Judge Elijah Williams issued a temporary gag order on March 25th, barring talks about the facts of the case against the 15-year-old suspect Wayne Treacy until April 6, 2010.

However we are now all waiting for Josie Lou Ratley to wake up and start healing.  It was announced this week  that in addition to still being in a coma and not being able to breath on her own, she also has pneumonia and the left side of her brain is showing signs of damage.

The family had prayed she would be able to open her eyes by now but family members now realize that this could turn into a marathon,” said the Ratley family attorney, Rick Freedman.

The pneumonia has filled up her lungs and clogged them with fluid,” Freedman said. “Just when you think you’ve taken one step forward, you take one step back. I would say the family is frustrated. They had hoped to be able to talk to her.” – CBS News

What can you do to help?  Keep the Ratley family and Josie in your prayers this Easter weekend and always.  Join her Facebook page – Pray for Josie Lou Ratley and support the family with your loving words of support and love.

There are also many fundraisers planned to benefit the Ratley family who is without medical insurance. 

Another fundraiser just added is Wildlife Adventure on Saturday April 10th, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  GatorBoys are holding a “wildlife adventure” on the grounds of The West Broward Community Church. Come out and see gator wrestling, grizzly bear exhibits and misc. kids activities. Proceeds will benefit The Josie Lou Ratley Fund.

If you would like to send get well cards, please mail to  the address below:

Broward General Medical Center
Patient Josie Lou Ratley
1600 S. Andrews Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

Donations can be made directly to:

Wachovia Bank
2989 PGA Boulevard
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410.
Please make checks payable to “The Josie Lou Ratley Fund“.

CJ’s Draft House
in Deerfield Beach will hold a fund raiser for the Josie on April 11, accepting donations and dedicating a portion of its revenues to a fund for Ratley.

Read more and watch video update here.