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'It's unfathomable': Family of woman attacked with chainsaw grateful she's alive

Victim of the chainsaw attack

A local grandmother randomly attacked by a stranger wielding a chainsaw is recovering in the hospital.

And she is talking to her family about her terrifying experience.

A family member told CBS12 doctors saved her hand, but she has a long road to recovery.

“Emotionally she seems to be OK. I don't know if it’s fully sunk into her the depth of what happened to her,” said Marvin Dozier.

Dozier can’t wrap his mind around what his mother-in-law just lived through.

“It’s unfathomable. We could not process what the first calls that came out were like a chainsaw. We couldn't believe it,” Dozier said.

Sixty-four-year-old Marie Geffrard lives half a mile from where a stranger attacked her.

“She exercises regularly so she was just doing her normal daily routine of walking,” Dozier said.

Lantana Police said 20-year-old Juan Carlos Cabrera Jr. struck her in the chest and nearly cut off her hand with a stolen chainsaw.

“You can’t defend against that,” Dozier said.

Surprisingly she survived.

Her children and grandchildren are grateful she’s alive.

“Loving and caring. An open and welcoming person. Loves people and always trying to help others,” Dozier said.

The family prays Geffrard will regain use of the hand she nearly lost.

And hopefully go back to her normal life doing what she loves.

“She is so independent. She grows her own fruits and vegetables in her backyard and that’s her joy,” Dozier said.

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