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Alexander Co. man on road to recovery after golf club beating

Austin is currently still being treated at St. Francis Hospital in Cape Girardeau where he undergoes intensive physical therapy. (Source: Mike Mohundro/KFVS) Austin is currently still being treated at St. Francis Hospital in Cape Girardeau where he undergoes intensive physical therapy. (Source: Mike Mohundro/KFVS)
ALEXANDER COUNTY, IL (KFVS) -

If Leanne Ford-Powell didn't believe in miracles before, she sure does now.

Ford-Powell said she knows it is a miracle her son is still alive after being attacked and beaten with a golf club.

The assault occurred on Nov. 11 at Austin Ford's home on McDaniel School Road in Alexander County.

Alexander County Sheriff Tim Brown said Rachel Johnson was arrested and is facing aggravated domestic battery charges after she beat her boyfriend with a golf club.

Ford nearly lost his life after the beating and had to have immediate surgery. Ford-Powell said her son was hit in the head with a golf club, which caused a lot of serious damage.

"I was really scared I was going to have to make a decision for my son's life," Ford-Powell said.

Ford is currently still being treated at St. Francis Hospital in Cape Girardeau where he undergoes intensive physical therapy.

"His right side is pretty much paralyzed right now," Ford-Powell said. "But he's come a long way in such a short period. He's a kid that has a lot of drive and determination."

Recently, Ford took his first steps with the help of nurses and rails. And on Saturday, Nov. 21, he pushed himself in a wheelchair for the first time.

Ford-Powell knows the road to recovery for her son will be long, but said she is proud of the progress he is making.

"He's got a lot to overcome," she said. "He's a strong kid and I know he will overcome it in time. but I'm just so frustrated with what they took away from him. And his family and especially him."

Ford's daughter visited him recently at the hospital. She gave him a big hug as he hugged her back.

Ford-Powell said it was the first time her son had cried in a long time.

Johnson is currently being held at the Tri-County Detention Center. Her next court date is on December 2 at 10 a.m.

Sheriff Brown said the investigation is still active.

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