A father-of-two was left paralyzed and suffered a blood clot after he was brutally beaten for confronting two teen bullies in a public park.
Josh Price, 21, intervened when he saw two teen girls bullying his niece and nephew, ages 10 and eight, in Trinity Park in Ossett, West Yorkshire, last Saturday. Price asked the teens to “play nicely.” Shortly thereafter, the girls left the park.
Moments later two men pulled up in a van, approached Price and beat him to the ground, his family says.
The children screamed as Price desperately tried to flee his attackers. The two men even attacked those passing by who tried to intervene.
Josh suffered a stroke from the beating. He was taken to Leeds General Infirmary for life-saving surgery. He is now paralyzed on the right side of his body and his speech is impaired.
He was put into a medically induced coma after he suffered a blood clot.
"As a parent you never want to see your child like that. We are all numb and in total shock. We're barely functioning as a family,” said Price’s father, Stuart Price, 43. "Josh's children need their dad, they're asking where their daddy is and we can't answer them, it's devastating."
One man was arrested in connection to the assault, but has since been released.
"A 23-year-old man was arrested in connection with the incident but has been released on police bail,” said Det. lnsp. Paul Harrison, of Wakefield CID. "Our enquiries are ongoing and we would like to hear from anyone who witnessed this vicious assault."
His family says Price is struggling to remember the names of his two children, 2-year-old Lacey and 1-year-old Dylan.
Doctors are not yet sure about the extent of Price’s injuries.
"It's crushed us. Rugby was his life and now it's been taken away. He'll never play again,” his father said, according to the Mirror.
“They gave him a vicious beating, but at some point he managed to get up and ran towards the nearby rugby clubhouse, where they followed him,” said Price’s father. “They even assaulted some of the other people there who tried to stop them getting at Josh."
"People at the clubhouse were saying that Josh looked dazed, so we think he might have been concussed at that point," he added. "But when Josh left the rugby club, they went for him again, blindsided him, punched him to the ground and kicked his head while he was on the ground. Then they ran off.”