Powhatan teacher remains in ICU from beating

POWHATAN, VA (WWBT) - Mary Anderson underwent surgery Monday morning. Friends say her road to recovery will be a long one. The Powhatan High School teacher was left with a fractured skull and other injuries after a random violent attack.

Friends and family members say they're grateful for all of the prayers and well wishes. Today, some of Anderson's friends describe her as a kind and caring woman "who's resilient."

Mary Anderson is a mother, sister, daughter, and now -- a violent crime victim. She was attacked and left with a broken arm, fractured skull, as well as cuts and bruises all over her body. Anderson has undergone multiple surgeries.

Carolyn Greene is a family friend of 20 years.

"She had extensive surgery on her arm on Saturday and she can't use her hands to feed herself because she had to have wrist surgery on both hands," Greene said.

Police say 29-year-old James Wolfe broke into Anderson's Powhatan home last week, beat her up, set her house on fire, abducted and robbed her then dumped her on the side of the road in Chesterfield. Anderson was already battling health problems.

"She could barely walk -- she was using a cane. He couldn't have picked, physically, a more helpless person," said Greene.

Anderson works at Powhatan High School. She teaches special education. It's a job many say she loves. Anderson, who's in her mid 50's -- has been an educator for more than a decade.

"It's a real challenge for anyone to teach special education, but she showed up every day she could and she loved her kids," said Greene. "She's a good Christian woman."

Anderson is in the intensive care unit -- her family has requested we not reveal which hospital.

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