Man seriously assaulted in central Christchurch walks for first time since the attack

Chris Lynch
Chris Lynch
Nov 22, 2022 |

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A man seriously assaulted in central Christchurch a month ago, and left fighting for his life, was able to walk today, for the first time since the attack.

Wynton King was attacked and knocked out on Hereford Street, while he was walking to a bar on Sunday 23rd October.

He was rushed to Christchurch Hospital in a critical condition and placed in an induced coma in ICU.

An 18-year-old man was charged with causing grievous bodily harm with intent to injure, while two others received warnings from police.

His sister Amber Sowman told Chris Lynch Media, Wynton was able to walk today, with assistance, and was doing amazingly given what he’s up against.

In an updated message on his Give A Little page, Sowman said “Wynton will soon embark on the next stage of his journey and begin intensive rehabilitation, he has a long road ahead of him but we are all so proud of how far he has come in such a short time and we have no doubt he will continue to amaze doctors and nurses with his progress.

“it was four weeks ago, our not-so-little brother Wynton was assaulted, seriously injured, and admitted to Christchurch Hospital.

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After a week in the ICU, we were told that Winnie’s outlook was extremely bleak and our family was absolutely devastated.

Winnie underwent emergency brain surgery but unfortunately suffered a severe stroke as a result of his injuries.”

Sowman said “needless to say, it has been a truly awful time not only for our family but for Wynton’s other whanau, his amazing friends that have stepped up and shown so much love and support for us during this uncertain time. Against all odds, Winnie’s health is improving.

He has been through so much over the past weeks, including multiple surgeries, but continues to fight hard each and every day with all the stubbornness and strength that Wynton has always possessed.”

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Sowman said “the Christchurch Hospital has been so accommodating allowing extended visiting hours.

The doctors, nurses, counsellors, social workers, and surgeons in the ICU and Neurology Ward are providing amazing care for Winnie, we are so thankful.”

There are so many special people contributing in so many ways whether it is from a distance or sitting at Winnie’s bedside.

The overwhelming outpouring of love and support has been felt so intensely. We hope to share more exciting news in the coming months, I’m sure Winnie will not disappoint.”

Sowman said the Sydenham Rugby Club was organising an auction night in a few weeks to raise money for Wynton’s rehabilitation. If anyone wanted to help they could contact the club.

Chris Lynch
Chris Lynch

Chris Lynch is a journalist, videographer and content producer, broadcasting from his independent news and production company in Christchurch, New Zealand. If you have a news tip or are interested in video content, email [email protected]

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