Holiday attack schoolboy wakes from coma

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A schoolboy who was left in a coma after being attacked while on holiday in Majorca, has awoken his mother said today.

Alex Hughes, 16, of Radyr, Cardiff, is believed to have been hit over the head with a bottle after leaving a nightclub in the resort of Port d'Andratx.

He was staying there with friends and their parents to celebrate the end of his exams.

The teenager had been in a coma since having surgery to relieve pressure on his brain after the incident in the early hours of August 2.

On GCSE results day, he managed to raise his eyebrows when his mother, Helen, told him at his bedside at the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, that he had achieved a mixture of Bs and Cs in his ten subjects.

Ms Hughes said there has been more progress since then. "He has been quite sleepy over the last couple of days but there is definitely no coma," she said.

"When he is sleeping he is sleeping and when he is awake he is definitely awake.

"Over the last couple of days we have noticed a huge difference. He cannot speak because he has a tube in his throat but he is mouthing things to me. The comprehension of what I'm saying is there.

"He is also starting to move his arms and legs which is really good. He can definitely squeeze my hands with either hand. Generally he is going in the right direction."

Ms Hughes, a nurse at the hospital her son is currently being treated at, is hoping he can get transferred to the city's Rookwood hospital in the next fortnight to begin a programme of intensive therapy.

In the meantime, several fundraising events are being organised to cover the legal fees needed for Alex's family's quest for justice.

Spanish police have said there are three male suspects for the attack but Ms Hughes has claimed the authorities on the island are not keeping her informed of their investigation.

As a result, a Spanish lawyer is being appointed to fight the case although this will require a deposit of seven thousand Euros.

"I don't care about compensation or money for Alex as long as he can walk and talk and lead an active life but these people definitely need to be brought to justice and sentenced," she said.

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