The mother of a popular bar worker left fighting for his life after being attacked in Cannock Town Centre today said it was a 'miracle' he had survived his injuries but that he was still 'extremely ill'.
Josh Morgan was left in a critical condition after the attack earlier this year. He is now in a rehabilitation unit and can only communicate using a buzzer and blinking.
His mother Clare Simpson today thanked the community for its support ahead of a fundraising event taking place at the pub where he used to work on Monday.
She said the 20-year-old is believed to have an understanding of what is happening but can only blink or use a special buzzer to say yes or no and revealed that complete strangers had been approaching her in the street offering her help.
Mrs Simpson, who runs the vintage shop in Cannock, said: "We as a family want to take this opportunity to than the whole community for the love and support that has been shown to us.
"We have been amazed by the generosity of each and everyone that has supported us. As a family we were told five months ago that we were very likely to lose our Joshy.
"At this point we still do not know what recovery Josh will make but with rehabilitation we continue to hope and pray for him to continue moving forward.
"Josh is still extremely ill but it showing signs of improvement from his injuries. We have many years left ahead of us in Josh's journey in rehabilitation, just hoping that with each week or month that passes what we may be able to have a little bit more of Josh back again.
"To hopefully one day have him back home with his friends and family again. To be able to speak, eat, move at free will or maybe one day walk. These are just some of the milestones that Josh has in front of him with no guarantees or promises."
She said the family's lives had been 'put on hold' while they focused on Josh following the attack on March 9 - and that the community's support had helped them keep going.
She added: "People continue to ask us how we cope. The truth is we don't cope. We simply have to just take each day one day at a time.
"Josh has proved to be a miracle for merely surviving his injuries. We just hope that the miracle continues and Josh may once again be able to enjoy his life as a 20-year-old should with a full future ahead of him."
Funds are being raised by Josh's family and friends to help him with anything he needs during his recovery. Monday's event will take place at the Shoal Hill Tavern in Sandy Lane where he worked as a barman. It will run between midday and 4pm and will feature bans, stalls and games.
Alistair Douglas, 24, of Longford Road, Cannock, and James Robb, 21, of Langdale Green, have pleaded not guilty to causing grievous bodily harm with intent and will appear again at Stafford Crown Court later this year.
Donations can be made at www.indiegogo.com/projects/raising-dosh-for-josh