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HomeAus & NZAssault victim recognises family after emergency brain surgery

Assault victim recognises family after emergency brain surgery

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By Emily Moorhouse of

A woman is “counting her blessings” her little brother awoke from a coma with enough recall to recognise his family after he underwent emergency brain surgery and was given a “bleak” prognosis following a vicious bar assault.

“When I can’t be with him, I call him each day,” Wyton King’s sister wrote on a Givealittle page created to support his recovery.

“I count my blessings he remembers who I am and the bond we share.”

King was left “fighting for his life” in an induced coma after he was assaulted amid a Christchurch pub brawl that involved up to 20 people in the early hours of October 23.

Today, an 18-year-old appeared in Christchurch District Court, where he admitted to the attack on King.

On the night of the assault, the offender, who has interim name suppression, was at the Rockpool Bar, where he was heavily intoxicated after polishing off a bottle of Malibu Rum, the summary of facts stated.

Around 12.15am, a fight broke out outside the bar and spilled across the street. As the brawl grew in numbers, the offender joined in and began to swing punches at several people.

While security staff and bystanders attempted to intervene, a man receiving help from a member of security copped six punches to the head by the offender.

The victim fell to the ground in a foetal position, and the offender was restrained by security.

But as the brawl subsided, he remained angry and agitated. Several people, including King, who was unknown to the offender, tried to calm him down.

Soon after, he made a beeline for King, who was focused on something else at the time and delivered a punch to the right side of

A woman is "counting her blessings" her little brother awoke from a coma with enough recall to recognise his family after he underwent emergency brain surgery and was given a "bleak" prognosis following a vicious bar assault. "I count my blessings he remembers who I am and the bond we share." As the brawl grew in numbers, the offender joined in and began to swing punches at several people.

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