FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. - A spokeswoman for the family of a teen who was critically injured during a baseball bat attack in his Farmington Hills home says his will to recover is "most inspiring."
Sal Cipriano, 17, is undergoing extensive physical, occupational and speech therapy since the April 16 beatings.
Sal and his mother, Rose Cipriano, were both severely hurt. Sal's father, Bob Cipriano, was killed.
Rose has already been moved to a rehab center.
The Cipriano's other son, 19-year-old Tucker Cipriano, and his friend, 20-year-old Mitchell Young, are charged in the attack.
COMPLETE COVERAGE: Baseball bat beatings
Statement on recovery of Cipriano family
"Salvatore has been intensively training for a triathalon. Well, not exactly, it's more difficult. A triathlete will tell you, the training regimen requires every fiber of one's being to prepare. Bedridden for two months in intensive care, he lost weight and muscle. For 10 days he has endured painful sessions of physical, occupational, and speech therapy. He is pushed hard by the therapists, and when pressed, he pushes back. His will to recover is most inspiring. When he has to do 10 reps, he does 15. He has gone from wheelchair to walker in this short time. Today, he played a full game of Yahtzee, picking the correct dice and taking appropriate risks. Yesterday he played catch both throwing and catching at the same time. Sal's shy pensive demeanor is back. Caught him in his "hand to chin pose" today after staring at the photo book from his brother and friends where they mimic him in photos with the "pose." When we're not around he's watching movies on his DVD or ESPN on TV, listening to music, or just sleeping. How dare he sleep? His sense of humor has also returned. He laughed hysterically when we showed him a video of his brother Tanner umpiring at a little league game where he, apparently late for a date, started calling every pitch a "strike." Some of those balls were so low and outside the catcher had to dive to make the catch.
Rose continues to take her rehabilitation in stride. No one should worry about Rose's ability to speak, she has already made up for the time she was in ICU. Very much in control of her rehabilitation, but also aware of her abilities to take things a week at a time now.
Tanner and Isabella are knee deep in summer activities and out of town for the July 4th holiday."
-- Tucker Cipriano and Mitchell Young face murder and attempted murder charges.
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