Published: 00:01, 04 September 2014 |
Updated: 10:33, 04 September 2014
The 22-year-old, who has asked to remain anonymous, was enjoying farewell drinks with friends from Deal and Betteshanger Rugby Club on Saturday night, two days before he was due to embark on a new career in Germany.
But when he left the Walmer Castle pub in South Street at about 12.45am, he was jumped by a man, hit on the head and knocked unconscious on the pavement.
His father, who we are not naming to protect his son’s identity, said: “He couldn’t have defended himself. He hit the pavement and was knocked out for some time.”
The emergency services raced to his aid, including police, technicians from South East Coast Ambulance Service and Kent Air Ambulance medics.
But the concerned dad said his son was too unwell to be conveyed by air, so the helicopter’s medics accompanied him in a land ambulance to King’s College Hospital in London, a journey that took 76 minutes.
“We want to thank the emergency services who were absolutely amazing,” he said.
For the full story, including the police appeal, see this week's Mercury.
Every morning at 10am we play you an hour of tunes from the 90s. We call it, #WeLoveThe90s.
Play 'Say It' with Garry and Laura on kmfm Breakfast and you could win £1,000!
Wake up to kmfm Breakfast with Garry and Laura - it's Kent's alarm call.
A guide for your future. For year 11 students in Kent and Medway. Click here for the e-edition.
Education, Training & Childcare is a special supplement published by KM Media Group four times a year. Click here for latest e-edition.
Get the latest food and drink news, recipes from some of the nation's top chefs plus updates from Kent's vineyards and breweries.
Search in your local area to find your perfect partner in Kent, with FreshStart Dating! PLUS, register for free!.
Find out what's going on in the garden, with Kent expert Lucy Hewett's weekly update.
Buy pictures that you've seen in a KM newspaper, or send in a picture and we will place it on our photo sales website so that you can purchase a super, unique gift.