Bashing victim 'critical'
THE parents of Coolangatta bashing victim Sam Ford are unrelenting in their bedside vigil as their 18-year-old son remains in a coma after almost two weeks.
Mr Ford, of Cabarita, received severe head injuries on October 10 when it is alleged he was punched numerous times in the face, causing him to fall backwards and hit his head.
An 18-year-old Banora Point teenager has been charged with grievous bodily harm, and assault causing grievous bodily harm following the incident.
Mr Ford's parents Margaret and Michael continue to spend many hours at their son's bedside at the Gold Coast Hospital.
“They are up there 12 hours a day every day, waiting for signs from Sam,” Mr Ford's manager at Hutchinson Build- ers, Paul Hart, said.
“It's extremely overwhelming for them, but they're holding up.
“It's a tough situation but they're unrelenting in their vigil.”
Mr Hart, who is supervising Mr Ford's building apprenticeship, said his parents have been very heartened by the support they have received.
“They're so thankful.
“Margaret is just amazed by the support she's got from Sam's friends and everyone they know.”
Mr Ford this week started breathing on his own, but Mr Hart said his condition remains extremely critical.
“They took him out of the induced coma on Monday or Tuesday.”
But Mr Hart added he still remains unconscious.
“We're hoping towards the end of this week things will be changing. Everyone's positive, it's the only way to be because the flip side is too tragic.”
Mr Hart said family and friends are now preparing for the long road ahead.
“I was up there to see them this week and it was extremely hard,” he said.
A spokesperson from Gold Coast Hospital described Mr Ford's condition as “serious”.