Mum tells of son's attack horror

A DEVASTATED mother has today spoken publicly for the first time of the night her son went out in Ipswich only to suffer brain damage following an assault that almost cost him his life.

A DEVASTATED mother has today spoken publicly for the first time of the night her son went out in Ipswich only to suffer brain damage following an assault that almost cost him his life.

Julie Hickey, of Pond End, Henley, told The Evening Star her son now suffers from a stutter and will be off work for up to a year following the attack in Tower Street.

Christopher Hickey, of Hazel Rise, Claydon, suffered a blood clot in his head which required surgery as a result of the attack.

The 21-year-old's condition was described by doctors as “touch and go” for up to two weeks.


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Mrs Hickey said: “I just feel total anger at the moment.

“I can't believe that a human being can do something like this to another human being.”

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Mrs Hickey said her so, a former Claydon High School student, was too ill to speak about his ordeal.

She said her son felt “no anger” following the attack but she has been warned this could change in the coming months and he could suffer from depression and epileptic fits in the future.

Christopher, who works in logistics at Ipswich-based haulage firm Green & Skinner, was taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital after the attack, which happened at about 11.30pm on Saturday, September 9.

Mrs Hickey was woken at 4am the following morning by a knock at the door.

She said: “I went into shock when the police came round and told me Christopher was in a critical condition after being attacked.

“As soon as I got to the hospital I spoke to the doctors who said he had suffered a severe head injury.

“The next day he had a seizure and I was told he had a 50/50 chance. I just went hysterical. It felt totally unreal.

“My son goes for a night out as any normal 21-year-old does and this is what happens to him.

“I thought I was going to lose him.”

After two weeks at Addenbrooke's Christopher was transferred to Ipswich Hospital and is now back living with his grandparents in Claydon where his recovery continues.

He is about to embark on a rehabilitation programme aimed at addressing his speech impairment and any psychological issues.

Mrs Hickey said: “He's not the same as he was.

“I'm told that with head injuries you go through different stages and in a couple of months he could become very angry and severely depressed.

“He gets very tired at the moment but just wants to get back to how he was if that can ever happen.”

Mrs Hickey said she was keen to thank the medical team at Addenbrooke's who saved her son's life as well as friends, family and Christopher's workplace who have given “overwhelming” support.

A 20-year-old Ipswich man has been charged with inflicting grievous bodily harm over the attack.

John Griffin, 20, of Rubens Road, Ipswich, is due to reappear at South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court on December 15.

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