THE father of a young man who was left in a coma after he was the victim of a random attack has revealed how the family continue to pray that he will come back to them.
Shane Grogan (23), from Tuam, Co Galway, remains in a coma more than four months after he was attacked while walking his girlfriend home.
While initially there were some small signs of movement, Shane's father, Joe, revealed how there has been no change in his son's condition for more than two months.
The family visit their son daily at the high-dependency unit in University Hospital Galway. "We just go from one day to the next and it's the same thing every time. We just keep praying that one day something will trigger with him and he'll come back to us," said Joe.
Doctors have been unable to say how Shane's condition will progress, but the family are determined to keep visiting him.
"With this type of injury it's too difficult to tell. We have to be hopeful. It's a long road ahead of us whatever happens," he added. "We're just up and down to him every day and that's what we will continue to do."
Shane's sister Sarah, who is studying at Wolverhampton university, returned home last week for Christmas.
"Sarah is home for Christmas so the family are all together again and we'll all go in to Shane. It's all we can do," said Joe. He added that the family were still overwhelmed by the support they received.
"It's not like Shane is gone and forgotten, people still stop us in the street and ask after him," he added.
Shane was walking his girlfriend, Aggie, home in the early hours of Sunday, August 5, when he was attacked. As a result he sustained a serious head injury.
An 18-year-old Dubliner, Shane Byrne, who had been living in Tuam, has been charged with assault causing harm in relation to the incident.