WINNIPEG – A woman allegedly beaten by two teens is worried she may be permanently blind in one eye.
Jackie Healey was one of two workers attacked at the Behavioural Health Foundation in Selkirk Sunday night.
Healey explained to Global News that she isn’t feeling very well but things are slowly improving.
“I woke up and I didn’t have no medication, balled my eyes out for a little while. My head was hurting, my throat is sore, my teeth are sore, just trying to get through it.” “What’s bugging me a lot is my eye. I can’t see through it. They’re not sure if it is going to get better or stay like this. Right now I’m pretty blind.”
Healey’s account of what happened Saturday night is pretty clear. She says the other worker, who she was shadowing as part of her Red River College practicum, told her to go upstairs with the two boys to put them to bed.
She says the other worker was attacked then, but Healey didn’t know that until later. The boys had taken the keys off the other worker, unlocked a cabinet that held a baseball bat, came upstairs and allegedly attacked her.
“I was thinking, ‘Why does this kid have a baseball bat?’ I ran downstairs, I think I made it to the youth office, and that’s when I was attacked. They beat me so good, it was just terrible. I went unconscious and they still continued to beat me. My skull is cracked in different places. My eye is so puffy, I can’t open it.”
Healey says she isn’t angry with the two boys, who have since been arrested after taking off from the facility in Healey’s truck. Rather, she’s confused as to why they would attack.
“I don’t know why they did this. I thought we had a good relationship. I got along well with them. I liked spending time with them. It was just so random. Why? Why did they do it?”
You can listen to Healey’s interview with Global News’ Talia Ricci below. Warning: listener discretion is strongly advised.
With files from Global News. Photo from family handout