Nov 26, 2012 3:52 AM by AP/CS

Family: pastor attacked in Brazil out of hospital

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A Louisiana-born minister is back home in Brazil, nearly a month after a mentally disturbed homeless man attacked her on a Rio de Janeiro beach.

Her mother, Mary Johnson Sarradet, spoke to Renee Elliott Murdoch for about 45 minutes on Thanksgiving, the day Murdoch returned home.

"She sounded real good, she really did," Sarradet told The Advocate ( "I think she still has a long ways to go."

Sarradet says she has kept up with her daughter's progress through videos posted online by her son-in-law and other family members.

Police have said Murdoch was attacked while jogging.

She was rushed to the hospital with severe swelling of the brain. Doctors placed her in a medically induced coma after operating on her twice for more than four hours, her family said.

Sarradet said doctors will remove staples from her daughter's head in a few weeks.

She and her son Buddy Elliott, Renee's brother, plan to travel to Rio de Janeiro in a week to visit her.

Murdoch is from Brusly, near Baton Rouge. She's now a pastor of Light to the Nations, an interdenominational missionary church that she and her husband, Philip Murdoch, founded 12 years ago in Rio de Janeiro.


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