The family of an autistic teenager who was left in a coma after being viciously kicked in the head are anxiously waiting to find out if he will be permanently brain-damaged.
Scott Vineer’s distraught mother Helen-Louise has said that “no punishment is severe enough” for the “scum” who attacked her son and left him lying unconscious in the grounds of a disused furniture showroom in Lisburn.
The 17-year-old has been fighting for his life in hospital since he was discovered by a police dog- handler on Friday night. His family were also waiting to hear if there is damage to his upper spinal cord.
Scott’s mother sent a message to thousands of well-wishers from across the world who have joined an online support site for him.
“We are absolutely blown away at how many people are supporting us at this terrible time.
“Scott will be amazed when he is out of his coma,” Ms Vineer wrote.
She added: “We hope to find out this week if he has damage to his upper spinal cord and if he has brain damage. No punishment is severe enough for the scum who did this to our boy. He wouldn't hurt a fly. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”
Pastor Nick Serb, who has been visiting Scott in hospital and supporting the family, said they have not given up hope that he will make a full recovery.
“All we can do is hope for the best. There has been no change in his condition all week.
“The support the family has received has been absolutely outstanding and it provides some comfort to them,” he said.
Police are still uncertain about a motive for the attack.
The teenager went missing shortly after leaving college in Lisburn on Thursday afternoon.