A man lies helpless in a hospital bed fighting a desperate battle for life after being the victim of a savage street attack.
This distressing picture of Mark Morton has been released by his grief-stricken family in a bid to show the devastating impact of ‘mindless violence’ – and shame those responsible.
The 35-year-old suffered a bleed to the brain, had his jaw shattered in two places and was paralysed on the right side of his body after falling victim to a brutal assault as he left a post office in Whiteleas Way, South Shields, on Saturday afternoon.
He underwent a seven-hour operation at Newcastle’s RVI Hospital on Monday, but now faces a long and hard road to recovery.
His brother Ian Tiffin, who has remained at Mark’s bedside alongside his other siblings Eddie, 51, and Colin Tiffin, 50, say they wanted to share the horrifying consequences of the vicious attack.
Mr Tiffin, 45, said: “I want people to know what state Mark has been left in by those responsible for this attack. It was mindless violence. It has been an absolute nightmare for the family.
I want people to know what state Mark has been left in by those responsible for this attack.Ian Tiffin
“I am trying to stay strong for Mark and the family – as he needs our support.”
Ian says he hasn’t slept since his brother was hospitalised but is now hanging on to the hope that he is winning his fight for survival.
He added: “He is still critical but he is getting there. He has got to keep fighting for his life. He is not out of the woods yet but he is on the slow road to recovery. He still needs to have an operation on his jaw and will require extensive physio.”
He added: “He is still in intensive care and will need to be moved to another ward before he can be released. We don’t know how long he will have to stay in hospital.
Ian says Mark is a popular and fun-loving member of the community with a wide range of interests.
He added; “He is mint. He loves fishing and mountain biking and playing darts. He has worked in railway construction and fixing up bikes.”
• Kevin Dunn, 26, of no fixed abode, appeared at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court charged with grievous bodily harm with intent on Monday.
He was remanded in custody until a hearing at Newcastle Crown Court on November 23.
Northumbria Police say they are not searching for anyone else in connection with the attack.