Irish 'one-punch' attack victim in Australia wakes from coma
Published 05/09/2015 | 11:31
An Irishman who was hospitalised after an alleged 'one-punch' attack in Sydney has woken from a coma.
Jason Cierans (29) has been in hospital since the assault in the eastern Sydney suburb of Bondi Junction on Saturday, August 22.
His parents and younger brother flew to Australia to hold a bedside vigil.
The Corkman woke from the induced coma and reportedly asked family members at his bedside: "What are you all doing here?".
Mr Casey's aunt Fidelma Casey said the family are thrilled with his recovery.
“The relief is unbelievable. We were actually jumping for joy,” she told Cork's RedFM.
“All our prayers have been answered.”
“‘What are you doing here’ was the first thing out of his mouth,” Ms Casey said.
“First of all he couldn’t understand why he was in hospital and then he couldn’t understand why he was in ICU.”
Mr Cierans still has brain swelling and will require further surgery but, according to family members, he is 'definitely on the mend'.
Jason emigrated to Australia to work in the construction industry at the beginning of the recession.
Argentinian national Adrian Gabriel Martinez has been charged with recklessly causing grievously bodily harm to the young Irish man.
It is understood the incident happened after a row over jumping a queue.