Darren Adcock, pictured with his two sons, has been in a coma since March 11. Picture: Supplied.
Darren Adcock, pictured with his two sons, has been in a coma since March 11. Picture: Supplied.

Family 'numb' as alleged one punch victim fights for life

A devastated family say they are numb after being told a much-loved father may never wake up after he was seriously injured at a child's birthday party.

Darren Adcock suffered a severe brain injury when he was allegedly punched by his brother while at his niece's 8th birthday party in Landsborough on March 11.

Police have arrested Mr Adcock's brother Christopher Adcock but no charges have been laid.

Horrified family members watched on and thought the loved father of two was dead.

They have started raising money to help ease the financial burden of their sudden crisis.

"When Darren fell, he was instantly unconscious (and) hardly breathing," a GoFundMe page said.

Mr Adcock was rushed to Sunshine Coast University Hospital before being flown to Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital where he underwent surgery to remove part of his skull.

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Man critical after alleged assault at child's party

The 31-year-old remains in a critical condition.

The fundraising page also detailed how Mr Adcock's partner was left with the heartbreaking task of telling her children "daddy may never wake up".

Mr Adcock's sister said the family was taking it day-by-day after being told by doctors to prepare for the worst.

"He is still in a coma, there has been no improvement, his brain is still swollen and he is on life support," she said.

"They don't hold a real good prognosis, they said there's only a slight chance that he is going to wake up and if he does wake up he is going to be severely disabled, even a vegetable."

Alleged one punch victim Darren Adcock and his partner with their two children. Picture: Supplied.
Alleged one punch victim Darren Adcock and his partner with their two children. Picture: Supplied.

She said it was heartbreaking to hear doctors give Mr Adcock, once described as being "full of life", the prognosis.

"We are sort of numb at the moment, just all in shock, it's hard to believe," she said.

The $970 raised on the GoFundMe is hoped to be used for his rehabilitation.

"It's great that we are getting support from the community, it's really good," Mr Adcock's sister said.

"At the moment it's just helping us with the transport and everything, but a lot of it is probably going to be put aside (and) if Darren wakes up it will be used to get him stuff for his recovery and if the worst happens it will be used for a funeral."

Sunshine Coast Criminal Investigation Branch officer-in-charge Detective Senior Sergeant Daren Edwards previously said Christopher Adcock, Mr Adcock's brother, was arrested in Emu Park on March 12.

Police have not laid charges in relation to the incident.

To donate to Darren's recovery fund, click here.



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