Beaten victim leaves hospital
MIAMI (WSVN) -- A South Florida man who was nearly beaten to death has been released from the hospital.
Rene Betancourt, 22, was released from Jackson Memorial Hospital Tuesday morning.
Betancourt's father, Rene Betancourt Sr., said he does not talk about the attack to his son. "We don't talk too much about the incident. One time we talked, and he told me that he hopes God forgave them," he said.
Betancourt suffered major injuries to his head after he was attacked about 10 days ago. Family members said Betancourt went to Downtown Miami to skateboard one night, around 11:30 p.m., when he was brutally beaten up.
"Yeah, I've been having a lot of support, and I needed it, and I'm grateful," he said as he was leaving the hospital in a wheelchair.
Betancourt sustained numerous skull fractures. Doctors had to preform surgery to remove a blood clot. "I'm in pain. I just want to go home," said Betancourt.
He does not remember the attack. Betancourt made several distressed calls the night of the beating to friends, but no one answered his call.
Family members said Betancourt still has a long road to recovery. He will need a lot of rehabilitation. "Pretty lucky. I'm a lucky guy," he said.
Police are still investigating the case.
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