Photographer unnamed - Ifan Richards Owens' recovery is going "remarkably well"

A 19-YEAR-OLD Aberystwyth University student left fighting for his life following a brutal street attack in January is continuing to make steady progress in hospital, but is still not able to speak to police about the incident, the Cambrian News has learnt.

The Cambrian News reported “Ifan Richards Owens, a second-year criminology student, was left in a critical condition after being assaulted on High Street at around 2.20am on Sunday, 14 January.

He awoke from a coma four weeks later in the intensive care unit of a Cardiff hospital, a week before fellow students, family members and well-wishers demonstrated their support for him with a walk through Aberystwyth.

The teenager’s dad, Gareth Owens, has now revealed that his son is continuing to show encouraging signs of improvement at Cardiff’s Rookwood Hospital in his ongoing rehabilitation battle.

“Ifan’s recovery is going remarkably well – doctors have been blown away by his progress,” he said.

“But he is still awaiting a skull operation and isn’t well enough to speak to police officers at this stage.”

Back in February Wales football manager Ryan Giggs recorded a message of support for Ifan saying he hoped to see him back supporting the national side soon.

Police have yet to charge anyone over the attack, despite making five arrests in connection with the incident” here.

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