Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

One Graze Is the Only Sign That Our Daniel's Even Injured at All

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

One Graze Is the Only Sign That Our Daniel's Even Injured at All

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RELATIVES have described the nightmare of keeping vigil for their "adventurous" grandson and nephew who is fighting for his life in Australia.

The family of Daniel Moore, has spoken exclusively to the Gazette about their ordeal of learning that the 21-year-old from Marske is in a critical condition in hospital.

As previously reported the former Redcar and Cleveland College student was found with severe injuries lying on an Australian road at 3.50am on Sunday. It is now feared he may have been the victim of a hit-and-run accident.

Mum, Valerie Rutter, along with her husband Mike, and dad, Robin Moore, with his wife Sue, landed in Australia today. They were escorted by police straight to their son's side at Sydney's Royal North Shore Hospital.

Today a New South Wales spokeswoman said that Daniel "remained in a critical condition".

Daniel's family in Teesside are now anxiously awaiting news on the former Bydales School pupil.

"It's been a nightmare," said Daniel's grandmother, Peggy Kelly, 79, of Normanby.

"When you read things like this in the paper, it's always other people.

"You don't expect it to happen to you."

Daniel, who has a fractured skull, internal bleeding and broken ribs, has already had two operations.

In the first a drain was placed in his brain.

Part of his skull was removed in a second operation to reduce swelling.

The former Westgarth Primary School pupil, has now been placed in a medically induced coma.

Filling with tears, his aunt, Jackie Currie, a 60-year-old sales assistant from Teesville, said: "He has only got a graze on his back and an injury to his skull.

"Apart from that he looks perfect."

The family says they don't know if Daniel was the victim of a hit and run or if he was assaulted.

New South Wales Police are now appealing for a taxi driver, who was seen in the area at the time to contact them. …

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