'Please let me live’: Woman brutally attacked speaks about brain injury

Published On: Mar 26 2013 07:18:20 AM HST   Updated On: Mar 26 2013 07:20:26 AM HST

A woman who suffered a brutal attack that left her permanently injured is speaking about what she went through, as part of a national campaign.

Leigh Bain was beaten in front of her Hyde Park home on Christmas Day in 2004. She was attacked and left for dead.

Monday, she spoke only with WLWT News 5’s Amy Wagner about her injury and her hopes for National Brain Injury Month.

Bain’s attacker was never found. She has to live with her injuries every day.

"I’ve come a very long way,” Bain said.

Further than doctors ever imagined. Bain said she doesn’t remember anything about her attacker.

“He began hitting me in the head,” she said.

But before she blacked out, a neighbor heard her cries for help and called 911. The caller watched the man drag Bain by the feet, her face scraping the sidewalk.

"The only reason someone looked out their window is because they heard me yelling, ‘Please don't kill me. Please let me live,’" Bain said.

Bain, now 32, spent six weeks in a coma.

"I had to learn everything again, from holding my head up to walking to talking," Bain said.

Doctors told Bain’s parents she would be lucky to have the mental capacity of a 6-year-old for the rest of her life. But Bain defied all expectations and used her attack as motivation to live.

"Whoever did this to me, they don't win. They don't win until I can't do something I was able to do before," Bain said.

Doctors can’t explain why, but said she functions completely normally today.

"I think God saved me for a reason, to do something," Bain said.

She said she thinks her attacker was trying to steal her car.

More than one-and-a-half million people sustain traumatic brain injuries every year. Ten percent of those injuries are caused by assaults.

Today, Bain is engaged to be married and completing a license in massage therapy. She already has a degree from Ohio University.


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