A German teenager was so badly beaten by a gang in a suspected hate crime that he fought for his life in a coma and had only a 30 percent chance of getting through.
Seven people were arrested after the exchange student, whose family is from Lebanon, was beaten in Canterbury, Kent.
The attack on a 17-year-old Daniel Ezzedine left him in a coma and the police investigated whether the attack was a hate crime. His brother said doctors initially gave him a 30 percent chance of survival after he was beaten in the city center on June 6.
Daniel (pictured) fought for his life after being attacked in Canterbury, Kent
People took to the streets of Canterbury to protest the brutality inflicted on the German exchange student
Daniel was in a downtown ceremony to complete the exchange program, and his family believes that his teachers should have taken better care of the attack, they said in an interview with the German news channel RTL.
His brother, Bassam Ezzedin, said: “First, the doctor told us that his chance of survival would be 30 percent. It was heartbreaking for us.
& # 39; He called to say that the prospects are somewhat better and his condition is no longer life threatening.
“He is in the intensive care unit in the hospital and is in a coma. We have to wait and see.
The attack on a 17-year-old Daniel Ezzedine (picture) left him in a coma and the police investigated whether the attack was a hate crime
Daniel (middle picture, with his brother Bassam, left) recovers after the attack, which left him in critical condition. Doctors said he had a 30 percent chance of survival
"They try to wake him up, pull him out, but they don't know if there will be long-term damage.
& # 39; It was difficult in the first (few) days. My mother couldn't come to England because she didn't have a visa.
"If you're not by your child's side when they die, that's the worst thing that can happen.
“We just had nothing else to do with him. The most important thing is simply that someone is at your side. My two older brothers are there, my mother is there. And I hope that he will get better soon.
“We can only hope and pray that there will be an end soon. And that he will soon be sitting here and that we can laugh and have fun again. & # 39;
Bassam said Daniel's mother could only fly to her son three days after the attack after receiving an emergency visa as a non-EU citizen.
He said the family moved to Germany from Lebanon 30 years ago. In a warm post on Facebook, Bassam said: “I pray and ask Allah for mercy and that you will soon be on your feet again, my little brother. You don't deserve the dead! & # 39;
He continued: "I love you. My heart burns I will not be able to live without you. Insallah (if Allah wills) you will soon be well. Please pray that my brother, who does not deserve evil, will be fine and will do no harm. & # 39;
Daniels & # 39; brother Bassam Ezzedin (picture) said the doctors initially gave him a 30 percent chance of survival after he was beaten in the city center on June 6
Bassam Ezzedin, who was interviewed by German television (picture), said: “He is in the intensive care unit in the hospital and is in an induced coma. We have to wait and see & # 39;
Old photos of Daniel and his family were shown during the interview with German television
Hundreds of people marched through the city to the Whitefriars area on Wednesday evening, where the boy was attacked to show their support to the student and his family.
On the "March Against Racism", people sang "Say it aloud, say it clearly – don't give in to racist fear," reports the Kent Messenger.
After the attack, congratulators set up a Just Giving site to support the boy's parents while they stay in hospital with their son. The site aimed to raise £ 5,000, with the public donating over £ 8,000 to date.
The shocking incident occurred around 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 6. Canterbury MP Rosie Duffield, who described the attack as a "shameful spot" on the city, has since helped the victim's family get to Britain.
She said, "This is a terrible and shameful spot on our normally very peaceful city. Thank you very much for our wonderful police, the rescue workers and everyone who came to help. & # 39;
A 17-year-old boy from Canterbury was last arrested in connection with the attack.
A 16-year-old boy, a 16-year-old girl and two 15-year-old boys, all from Canterbury, and a 17-year-old boy from Margate, Kent, were also detained. A 44-year-old man was also arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.
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