Glimmer of hope for life-fight student, 25

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A 25-year-old student left fighting for his life after being allegedly attacked on a night out in Blackpool has taken a small step towards recovery, his family said today.

Blackpool and The Fylde College student Reece Roberts had been out drinking with friends when he was reportedly punched while standing outside a bar in the town.

The former Claremont Primary School pupil fell to the ground and is thought to have banged his head on the pavement on September 27.

Now 15 days after the incident, critically ill Reece, who has a brain injury, has managed to open his eyes for the first time.

His mother Milissa Roberts, 42, said the incident had turned her life upside down and watching her son fight for his life was “devastating”.

She said: “Reece’s condition is now described as stable. He still can not breathe for himself but he has opened his eyes.

“The doctors have told us it is literally a waiting game now as they have done all they can. It’s devastating seeing your son like that. My youngest child George turned two years old this week and all he has done is ask for Reece.

“We are very concerned about his condition. The doctors can not say if he will recover as he has a brain injury and any day he could take a step backwards again. We just desperately want him to be OK.”

Reece, of Lakeway, Layton suffers from Sotos Syndrome, known as cerebral gigantism, so he is taller and thinner than most people.

Police said the alleged assault took place outside Bar 19 on Queen Street at 1.30am.

He was taken to Blackpool Victoria Hospital but, was later transferred to Royal Preston Hospital, a specialist centre for head injuries.

A 26-year-old man, of no fixed address, has been charged with grievous bodily harm and will appear at Preston Crown Court on October 24.

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