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Saturday 2 August 2014

Irish father beaten in Boston awakes from coma with no memory of attack

Published 22/08/2013|18:56

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Gary Halpin: in a serious condition

Gary Halpin, who suffered a vicious assault in Boston, has woken from his coma and has no recollection of the attack.

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The 33-year-old father of one was left fighting for his life in hospital after he suffered serious head injuries during a street assault where he was robbed.

His Irish aunt Mary Shannon said her nephew was making a slow recovery but the family are happy with his progress.

‘‘He’s out of ICU and is doing well," she said. "It’s small steps at the moment, he’s out of bed and eating and drinking a small bit."

She said the father of one recognises everyone around him and remembers the night itself, but has no recollection of the assault.

‘‘His progress is slow but we’re pleased because he had been in a coma and it had been life threatening,’’ she added.

She confirmed that he had his bank card stolen during the incident and police were currently investigating the robbery.

She said her nephew is a good, kind family man and many of his family and friends in Cobh were deeply concerned about him.

He travelled home to Ireland twice last year for a family wedding and funeral.

The attack on the married father of one happened in the Adams Village area of Dorchester just yards from his home.

He is originally from Carrigaloe in Cobh, Co Cork, but moved to Boston in early 2006 where he works as a freelance designer.

He was discovered lying in a car park by police at 4.15am last Sunday after they had received a phone call from residents about a disturbance in the area.

Eyewitnesses told police officers they had seen the man stagger down a street and believed he had been attacked.

According to a police report, an officer saw Mr Halpin stand up and attempt to get into his car before collapsing.

He was then rushed to a Boston Medical Centre (BMC) hospital.

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