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BEATEN JOGGER TAKES FIRST, SHAKY STEPS

A jogger who was raped and beaten by a gang of youths in Central Park has taken her first, shaky steps since last month's attack and can now write her name, a doctor said.

But Dr. Robert S. Kurtz added that it remains unclear how much she will recover."The more small neurologic improvements are registered, the more clearly apparent it becomes how great a distance she has yet to travel," said Kurtz, director of the surgical intensive care unit at Metropolitan Hospital.

"She is now able to take a few walking steps although her gait is still broad-based and unsteady," he said Monday.

The woman also can now write her name in a shaky hand.