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Street attack victim's family give update on his condition
THE victim of an unprovoked York street attack remains in intensive care but looks to be "out of the woods", his family has said.
Anthony Lansbury, 51, was found with a serious head injury in Melrosegate at 1am on Friday, and is still in intensive care at Hull Royal Infirmary, following a number of operations to release pressure on his brain and remove a blood clot. An 18-year-old was arrested early today over the attack.
Kim Farrar, Mr Lansbury’s sister, said her brother was yesterday taken off his ventilator, and was being allowed to wake up from his coma naturally, but doctors still did not know the extent of his injuries and he was expected to remain in hospital for weeks.
Mrs Farrar said: “They said he’ll definitely have some sort of brain damage but they won’t know until he wakes up properly.
“Doctors said he’s out of critical condition now, they say he’s out of the woods, which is fantastic. It will take him a few days to come round and he will go upstairs to another ward but he’s still in intensive care for the moment.”
Mr Lansbury was attacked in Melrosegate between the Tang Hall Working Men’s Club and Freshways. He is believed to have been punched, before falling and hitting his head on the road as he fell.
Paramedics were called, and hospital staff notified North Yorkshire Police at 6am, who checked CCTV in the area and launched a manhunt to find his attacker.
Police said they had arrested an 18-year-old local man in connection with the assault, in the early hours of this morning. He remains in police custody for questioning.
Mrs Farrar said: “I’m over the moon someone has been arrested over it.
“After the news we got yesterday, it’s good news today. It’s a big step forward from yesterday. I expected the worst when I saw him on Thursday, and seeing him today it’s a bit better.”
A police spokesman said investigators were not currently linking the attack to any others, and said the assault was believed to be an unprovoked attack.
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