Parents hold vigil for bashed son

FAMILY and friends of a Bogangar teenager are praying he will wake up following a brutal bashing which has left him in a coma.

Sam Ford, 18, remains in a critical condition in Gold Coast Hospital, where it is believed he is suffering from a fractured skull and bleeding on the brain.

“Everything will be okay, Sam is a fighter,” said his girlfriend Meghan Colivas, 17, on the social website Facebook.

“Everyone just keep him in your prayers and stay strong,” she asked their friends.

Mr Ford and Miss Colivas were walking along Dutton Street on Saturday night when they were approached by the offender, alleged to be an 18-year-old Banora Point teenager.

It is alleged the offender punched Mr Ford numerous times in the face, causing him to fall backward and hit his head.

Police have charged him with grievous bodily harm and assault following the ugly incident.

Mr Ford is 12 months into an apprenticeship with Hutchinson Builders, Tweed Heads manager Paul Hart said.

“He's a good guy,” Mr Hart said.

“Just a young kid wanting a career in construction.

“He started as a school-based apprentice.”

Mr Hart described his young worker as a nice bloke with a lot of friends.

“We're devastated by what has happened,” he said.

“His mother, father and brother work with us also, and they're struggling to come to grips with everything.”

Mr Ford's parents are at his bedside, Mr Hart said.

“Until we know he's out of danger we're just waiting for news,” he said. “We're all just in a state of standstill.”

But Mr Hart said everyone is positive about Mr Ford's recovery.

“He's a fighter,” he said.

“He's a young and energetic and strong kid.

“We're all positive about it.”

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