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Canterbury attack victim Daniel Ezzedine to fly back to Germany next week

A student who spent three months in hospital after a vicious street attack will be well enough to fly back to his native Germany.

Daniel Ezzedine, 17, was at first given a 30% chance of survival after being set upon in Rose Lane, Canterbury, on June 6.

Daniel Ezzedine Picture: Bassam Ezzedine / Facebook
Daniel Ezzedine Picture: Bassam Ezzedine / Facebook

The latest news was announced today on the Canterbury Residents Group Facebook page.

It came from Westgate resident Paul Johnson who had set up a fundraising page to help support Daniel's family.

He wrote: "After 3 months of brilliant care by our NHS young Daniel will be flown back home to Germany next week.

"This young lion has surprised the doctors with his remarkable recovery after the vicious attack which nearly ended his life."

Mr Johnson explained that he had visited the family one last time yesterday and saw a great improvement in Daniel's condition.

Police at the scene of the attack in Canterbury city centre in June
Police at the scene of the attack in Canterbury city centre in June

Major surgery to have a metal plate inserted in his head has increased his chances of long-term recovery.

Mr Johnson added that Daniel's eyesight was good but he still could not talk and was a long way from full recovery.

He added: "But seeing him move his arms and reposition himself on his bed was truly a magical sight.

"I will never forget the first time I saw him, almost lifeless.

"His family are very positive thinking people and they are truly grateful for the generosity you have all shown.

Daniel Ezzedine was the victim of the gang attack in Canterbury
Daniel Ezzedine was the victim of the gang attack in Canterbury

"I am sure they are angry at what has happened but the calmness they show is truly admirable."

Mr Johnson stressed that the fundraising page was still active and more funds are needed.

This is in particular to pay for family flights and accommodation so they are ready to return for an anticipated court case.

Eleven people were arrested in connection with the assault and all have been remanded on police bail, although no charges have been brought so far.

Daniel, the youngest of five brothers, had been in Canterbury on a graduation trip - arriving in the city just three days before the gang attack.

He had been due to fly home the following day.

His family stayed in accommodation near his hospital in south est London, paid for by Mr Johnson's fundraiser.

To donate to the fundraiser click here

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