The tale of a battered woman – Althea Henry’s story

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Exactly one year after she was brutally beaten in the head and left for dead, allegedly by the man with whom she was in love for a year, Althea Henry is warning women to properly vet men before considering a partnership.
Henry’s bloodied and beaten body was discovered in the early hours of March 20, 2017, in a pasture at Radio Range. This reporter was among the first responders to arrive on the scene to meet the motionless body of the Cashew Hill resident covered in blood, her eyes were swollen shut.
In an interview with OBSERVER media yesterday, Henry said women need to protect themselves from unforeseen harm.
“A woman must first know their partner before they actually start dating. We don’t know what we are getting into until we are already in there. We [women] look at someone and figure they have a nice face, they have a good job, but, that does not mean they are all together in their brain,” Henry said.
Fifty-four-year-old Linsome “Tony” Boyd of Cashew Hill is charged with the attempted murder of 48-year-old Henry.
The charge was brought against the Jamaican-born Boyd after Henry was discovered by a passerby lying on a piece of cardboard in a bushy area with a large, blood-splattered rock next to her head.
In recounting being struck in the back of the head and turning around to see her alleged attacker who uttered no words as he reportedly struck her in the face, Henry said she tried to shield her face with her hands.
The mother of three adult children said the blows were in quick succession and her legs could no longer support her aching body and she collapsed.
Henry said her world turned dark and she was certain she died that day.
“When I laid down in the grass I thought that was it. I thought I died right there, on the spot, and it was God himself who came and gave me breath. I knew then that somebody stood in the gap for me to be here because if it was not for Him I wouldn’t be here today,” she testified.
Henry survived the brutal attack and was in a coma in the Intensive Care Unit of the Mount St. John’s Medical Centre, she underwent life-saving surgery and facial reconstructive surgery to repair the damage to her face. She now has metal in her face to hold her bones together.
 After she was discharged from hospital, Henry suffered from frequent dizzy spells and during her recuperation she would often fell because her balance was unstable. She also needed therapy to regain full use of all 10 fingers.
However, the Cashew Hill woman has resolved that she is no longer a victim, she is a survivor.
“I changed my life. There is a God and He is still making miracles today. The doctors said I was lucky, but, I’ve told them that I am blessed. I find the time to praise him. If I died, my soul would have been in hell. [Today] makes a year since I was beaten and left for dead and look where I am now,” the woman said.
Henry is urging any woman who finds herself in an abusive relationship to leave at the first sign and never to accept excuses, apologies, and gifts as a reason to give her abuser continued power over her.

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