Dad who had part of his skull removed after street attack needs stem cell treatment

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Dad who had part of his skull removed after street attack needs stem cell treatment
Dad who had part of his skull removed after street attack needs stem cell treatment

A dad who had part of his skull removed following a vicious street attack needs stem cell treatment for a chance at “normality”.

Kevin Hammond, from Castlemilk, was left with a broken nose, jaw, eye socket, and fractured skull, after being targeted outside The Braes bar in Rutherglen in December 2019.

The 54-year-old’s family feared he would die before he was put into a coma and had to undergo several surgeries following the attack.

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Now three years later Kevin has been left with life-changing injuries and struggles to talk as a result of the horror ordeal.

His loved ones are hoping stem cell treatment at Swiss Medica in Switzerland will help him recover and gain back some “independence”.

Kevin’s daughter Ashley Hammond, 29, told the Glasgow Times: “My dad knows something happened to him. He doesn’t remember the attack, he just woke up in hospital and his world was upside down.

“He got out of a taxi when it happened, the guy was just like an animal.

“It was horrendous. He needed part of his skull removed to help reduce the swelling in his brain.

"He was battered, punched, kicked, and stamped on. My family struggled to process what had happened.

“My dad is not a fighter, he just isn’t that kind of person. He is so social and just loves his family and friends and working.

“We really want the stem cell therapy because we are hoping it will help and give him a wee bit of normality again."

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Kevin was not fit to give evidence as his attacker went on trial at the High Court in Glasgow accused of attempted murder.

The thug eventually pleaded guilty to the reduced charge of assaulting Mr Hammond to his severe injury, permanent impairment and to the danger of his life.

He was jailed for four-and-a-half years in 2021.

The court heard Kevin was described as "lying starfish" with blood coming out of his ears before he was rushed to hospital.

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Ashley said: “It can be very difficult having to deal with all this, but we are motivated to get him back to some kind of normal life.

“My dad has always been a working man who was very handy and now his life has been completely changed as he struggles to do things.

“He is now up walking but struggles with his communication. He tries to copy our words but gets confused easily.

“He is a 54-year-old man but has had to go back to the basics to try and write his own name again. Trying to be understood is so difficult for him.

“As you can imagine all the learning books for him are childish and he doesn’t understand why he needs them as a grown man. He tosses them and gets frustrated.

“The treatment is in Switzerland and it might give him back independence to make his life a bit easier again.

“My dad is 100% behind it so this is the next step to his recovery.”

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Ashley is now raising money to pay for the expensive treatment which will cost up to £30,000.

The treatment will work by placing new stem cells into a patient’s body which circulate in the blood system until they are attracted to proteins secreted around inflamed or damaged tissue.

Stem cells then rush to that injured area and start producing various growth factors, chemokines and adhesion molecules, which help recover the damage.

Ashley said: “We need to do it as soon as possible because that will be more effective. If we wait five years it will be too late.

“We have raised around £4600 but still have a way to go. People have been donating footballs and goalie gloves, and Celtic-signed tops to help.

“People have been brilliant in helping us out. We really appreciate it. He is a popular guy so people want to help him get his treatment.”

You can donate to Kevin’s recovery treatment here.