HE NEEDS MORE TIME’ Ayrshire electrician, 26, still coma 2wks after single punch in Ibiza as family fear brain swelling worse than first thought
AN ELECTRICIAN is still fighting for life in a coma after a single punch attack in Ibiza, as his family fear his injuries are worse than they first thought.
Gavin Roberton suffered a fractured skull and bleeding on the brain after the unprovoked attack in the early hours of August 28.
The 26-year-old, from Stewarton, Ayrshire was rushed to Policlinica del Rosaria hospital where he remains in an induced coma.
His frantic mum Kirsty McMaster, 45, and aunt Paula Marshall, 37, are still holding vigil by his bedside.
But after thinking medics would try to wake him last week they have been dealt more crushing news.
Speaking from the hospital, Paula said: “Gavin is still stable but will be kept in the induced coma for longer than expected.
“Scans yesterday showed that there is still an issue with swelling and the damage is a bit deeper than first thought.
“The doctors are confident he just needs more time to heal.
“Kirsty and I are with him every day, we are becoming part of the furniture in ICU.”
Gavin and eight pals had only jetted off to the White Island for a lads holiday three days before the attack and were due to fly home later that morning.
The group could be seen smiling in snaps from Ocean Beach Club and Café Mambo just hours before the punch horror.
Mum Kirsty said: “Gavin was supposed to be coming home on the Wednesday morning but instead I woke up at 7am to a message from one of his friend’s asking me to call him as soon as possible.
“I couldn’t believe it.
“I booked the first flight out but the journey was horrendous.
“I thought I was going to get off the plane to bad news.”
Gavin – who did not have travel insurance – was standing at an ATM with a couple of pals when a stranger ran up behind him and punched him on the side of the head.
With just one blow, Gavin fell and hit his head off the pavement.
Kirsty added: “One punch is all it took. He hit his head off the ground and fractured his skull.
“There’s not a mark on him, but that single punch has left him in a coma.
“The boys are all in complete shock. Two of them waited at the hospital until I got here, but they weren’t even allowed in to see him.”
A fundraising appeal set up to help Gavin’s family bring him home has now raised almost £39,000 of its £50,000 target.
Gavin’s uncle, Graeme Marshall, said the family are taking one day at a time but are “overwhelmed” but the support from the public.
He said: “I don’t think anyone expected the response from the public.
“We have been overwhelmed with the amount that’s been raised, but it’s about more than the money.
“It’s about people showing their support for Gavin which has been amazing.”
A Foreign Office spokesman said: “Our staff are supporting the family of a British man who has been admitted to hospital in Ibiza, and are in contact with the Spanish medical services.