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Man is put into coma, blames ‘roid rage’ for his partner’s near-fatal domestic abuse

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(WQAD) -- Benjamin Brainerd says his life was nearly cut short after an argument between him and his ex-partner went horribly wrong.  Brainerd says he struggled to protect himself when Mario Garnica Jr. apparently lost control and flew into a rage.

“That’s when he snapped, and grabbed the metal pipe and started beating me with it,” Brainerd recalled, “And after he broke both of my arms, I couldn’t keep my hands up any more to protect myself.”

Brainard says he was hospitalized for 19 days after the incident, spending nine of those days in a coma.  In addition to two broken arms, Brainerd says he was stabbed in the neck and that he is now deaf in his left ear due to a cranial fracture.

Mario Garnica Jr photo from Dixon Police

Garnica, who taught bilingual first graders at a local elementary school, was charged with attempted murder.

“A lot of people say I’m a walking miracle,” Brainerd says.

Benjamin Brainerd in hospital (photo from Benjamin Brainerd)

Brainerd says he also thinks 12 weeks of steroid use may have fueled Garnica’s anger.

Donate on the GoFundMe Page that was setup to assist Benjamin with his medical and personal expenses.

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