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A father who was brutally beaten by thugs after he tried to defend his 11-year-old son from bullies has been left unable to walk and talk and has to be fed from a tube.

Care worker Alan Willson, 46, was knocked unconscious and attacked in Worthing, West Sussex after he intervened when he heard his son was being picked on.

He suffered lung trauma, broken bones and fractures to his spine – and had to have surgery on his brain in Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton, where he remained in a coma following the incident in the evening of Sunday 4 April. 

Mr Willson, who worked throughout the pandemic, has now left hospital and been moved home as he continues his recovery but is still unable to talk or eat.

Father-of-three Alan Willson (right) was left seriously injured with severe brain injuries after he rushed from his home in Worthing to defend his 11-year-old son from bullies at a nearby park

Father-of-three Alan Willson (right) was left seriously injured with severe brain injuries after he rushed from his home in Worthing to defend his 11-year-old son from bullies at a nearby park

Father-of-three Alan Willson (right) was left seriously injured with severe brain injuries after he rushed from his home in Worthing to defend his 11-year-old son from bullies at a nearby park

Alan Willson

Alan Willson

Alan Willson

Alan Willson

Pictured: Care worker Alan Willson had to have emergency brain surgery after the attack

His wife Annie told the Sun that the incident has left the family in need of therapy for PTSD and that her son ‘now finds his dad a bit scary as he looks different’. 

She said: ‘He cannot speak and has lost vision in one eye and has now been assessed as having no mental capacity due to four brain injuries. 

‘He cannot eat so is fed through a tube every three hours by me.

‘He has had such great trauma to his face — he won’t even allow us to shave him as it’s an object coming towards him.’

In the aftermath of the attack in Longcroft Park, Worthing, Annie described her husband as ‘the most kind and gentle man in the world’.

Last week, police confirmed three teenagers, aged 14, 15 and 17, have now been charged in relation to the assault. 

Three teenagers, aged 14, 15 and 17, have now been charged. Pictured: Police on scene in April

Three teenagers, aged 14, 15 and 17, have now been charged. Pictured: Police on scene in April

Three teenagers, aged 14, 15 and 17, have now been charged. Pictured: Police on scene in April

Mr Willson suffered lung trauma, broken bones and fractures to his spine - and had to have emergency surgery on his brain. Pictured: Police and an air ambulance at the scene

Mr Willson suffered lung trauma, broken bones and fractures to his spine - and had to have emergency surgery on his brain. Pictured: Police and an air ambulance at the scene

Mr Willson suffered lung trauma, broken bones and fractures to his spine – and had to have emergency surgery on his brain. Pictured: Police and an air ambulance at the scene

Last week, police confirmed three teenagers, aged 14, 15 and 17, have now been charged in relation to the assault.

The teenagers, who cannot be named for legal reasons, have been charged with GBH with intent which carries a maximum sentence of life in prison. 

They are next due to appear at Worthing Youth Court on October 7. 

In the wake of the incident, an online appeal raised more than £35,000 to fund adaptations to the Willson’s home.

Mrs Willson said in a statement: ‘I am so grateful to everybody for their well-wishes and donations in the weeks and months following the assault on my husband.

Police at the scene on April 4. Mr Willson's wife Annie, 49, had described how her husband was 'fighting for his life after brain surgery for multiple bleeds on the brain' following the incident

Police at the scene on April 4. Mr Willson's wife Annie, 49, had described how her husband was 'fighting for his life after brain surgery for multiple bleeds on the brain' following the incident

Police at the scene on April 4. Mr Willson’s wife Annie, 49, had described how her husband was ‘fighting for his life after brain surgery for multiple bleeds on the brain’ following the incident

The Willson family say they have been overwhelmed by the support. Pictured: police on scene

The Willson family say they have been overwhelmed by the support. Pictured: police on scene

 The Willson family say they have been overwhelmed by the support. Pictured: police on scene

‘We have been overwhelmed and touched by the kindness and generosity people have gone out of their way to show to me and my family.

‘I would like to thank the medical staff who did such an amazing job looking after my husband in hospital, and my children for being so supportive at what has been such a difficult time for us all.’

Source: Daily Mail UK

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