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Victim faced extensive surgeries from sledgehammer assault

Updated: March 7, 2013 6:36AM

It’s probably a good thing Angela Gloria, 46, doesn’t remember the night she and her husband, Rick Rogers, were beaten with a sledgehammer in their Lincolnshire home.

Gloria testified Monday in the trial of Sandra Rogers, 56, formerly of Mundelein, who faces attempted murder, solicitation for murder and home invasion charges in Judge John Phillips courtroom. Her injuries required extensive surgeries and she still has a hard time remembering things.

On the night of the incident, May 19, 2003, she went to bed at her usual time around 9:30 p.m. and does not remember being woken up by the attackers. The next thing she remembered, “I talked to my priest at the hospital.” She stayed three weeks at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, Park Ridge, where she underwent several surgeries.

“When I was allowed to walk, I couldn’t walk without holding the walls. I had to re-learn how to walk,” she said, adding she also needed speech therapy. “Here it’s 10 years later and I still have problems,” she said. Several times during her testimony she closed her eyes to remember some detail and she could not.

“After the initial surgery, I looked in the mirror and I called myself peanut head because of the indentations in my head. It didn’t look like me,” she said. She had worked at Abbott Laboratories as a product manager for a prostate cancer product. She also testified that she left the discipline of Rogers’ two girls up to him.

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