Nearly two months after suffering a brutal attack, a young Texas woman remains positive while still recovering.
Catalina Mireles, 22, was horribly beaten in December in San Antonio, allegedly by her then-boyfriend Jackub Jackson Hildreth during a fight over their relationship. Hildreth, 19, allegedly punched her more than 10 times with a closed fist, breaking her jaw in three places, according to an affidavit obtained by local outlet KSAT. Hildreth – who has multiple tattoos on his forehead, including Mireles' name "Catalina" – also allegedly carved part of his name into her forehead with a knife.
Mireles told KSAT at the time she thought Hildreth, whom she had only been dating for three weeks, was going to kill her.
Still dealing with the aftermath of the assault, Mireles told Oxygen.com that “recovery has been a drag.”
The screws in her jaw from surgery were finally removed this week. Her life is full of doctor's visits.
Despite the ordeal and the challenges that still remain ahead, she has remained optimistic.
“At the end of the day I’m happy to still be here,” she said, adding that it’s “just a matter of time that heals all wounds.”
Speaking about the emotional impact the attack had on her, Mireles said she is still getting used to “waking up everyday knowing I’m still here.”
Mireles said her parents and brothers have been supportive. She’s also thankful to strangers who have reached out to her over social media with messages of love and support.
The young woman told Oxygen.com she is “trying my best to be happy in life.”
While the injuries were extensive, and the alleged attack particularly heinous, it’s not the first assault Hildreth has been accused of. He has two outstanding warrants for assault-related charges, according to MySA.
"I don't ever want him to get out again because he's going to hurt somebody else again,” Mireles' mother, Juanita Lopez, told KSAT back in December.
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