‘Fight this fight like you have every other my boy’
A MAN, still fighting for life after an alleged one-punch assault on the Gold Coast, had been celebrating his 21st birthday at the time, it has been revealed.
Zac Longfield remains in Gold Coast University Hospital on life support, four days after he was allegedly punched in the street at Broadbeach Waters in the early hours of Saturday morning.
His mother, Tina Gogerly and family rushed to the Gold Coast from Forster on NSW's Mid North Coast, to be by his side.
"After undergoing surgery Zac is now kept in a medical coma to give him the best chance of survival," family friend April McKay said yesterday.
"He is in this most critical phase of recovery and every moment counts.
"This is every parent's nightmare."
Ms Goglery posted an emotional heartfelt message to Facebook in honour of his birthday, urging Mr Longfield to "fight" to recover.
"This is the day I should be posting a massive happy 21st birthday to my first baby Zac, who made me a mumma, and talking about the crazy, naughty, edge of your seat life you live and the roller coaster ride we've had with you," she wrote.
"But instead I'm sitting in the ICU with you on life support.
"Words can't describe my heart right now and how I just want a cuddle from you … fight this fight like you have every other my boy."
Police allege Mr Longfield was punched, fell and struck his head, after a group of men and women followed him in Surf Pde about 2.30am.
Two Sydney tourists, Palemi Ahloo, 19, and Sefulutolu Tago, 19, have both been charged and have since been granted bail.
Ahloo was charged with affray and grievous bodily harm, while Tago will face an affray charge.
A GoFund Me page, started by a family friend, has raised almost $16,000 in less than a day for Mr Longfield's medical costs and his family's travel expenses.