A devastated mum has poured out her heart while watching over her son placed on life-support after an alleged one-punch attack on the Gold Coast while celebrating his 21st birthday.
Zac Longfield, from Forster on NSW’s Mid North Coast, became involved in a verbal exchange with a group of men and women along Surf Parade in Broadbeach in the early hours of Saturday, Queensland Police said.
The group followed Mr Longfield and he was allegedly punched outside his apartment block. He was knocked to the ground and suffered critical head injuries which have left him fighting for his life in hospital.
Two 19-year-old men from Sydney were later charged with affray, one receiving an additional charge of grievous bodily harm, and were denied bail before appearing in court on Monday, a Queensland Police spokesperson told Yahoo News Australia.
His devastated mother Tina Gogerly took to Facebook over the weekend, struggling to comprehend what had happened, on what was meant to be a special day for her family.
“This is the day I should be posting a massive Happy 21st birthday to my first baby Zac who made me a mumma and talking about the crazy, naughty, edge of your seat life you live and the roller coaster ride we've had with you!” she wrote.
“But instead I'm sitting in the ICU with you on life support.
“Words can't describe my heart right now and how I just want a cuddle from you.”
GoFundMe page to help cover escalating medical costs
A GoFundMe page has since been set up by a family friend to help financially support Ms Gogerly and her son through “every parent’s nightmare” as he remains in an induced coma at Gold Coast University Hospital.
“While facing this terrifying trauma, we as their friends and family want to relieve their financial concerns to cover both the immediate and future costs for Zac and Tina’s daily expenses while away from home and work,” the page reads.
The two men charged were granted bail on Monday to appear in court at a later date.
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