Josh Storer, 26, was admitted to hospital in Auckland, New Zealand, after the incident on July 9, and doctors had no choice but to remove the huge piece of his skull to relieve pressure on his brain
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A British plumber who works in New Zealand is fortunate to be alive after having part of his skull removed after an alleged attack in a bar.
Josh Storer, 26, was admitted to a hospital in Auckland on July 9 following the incident, where doctors had no choice but to remove the huge piece of his skull to relieve pressure on his brain. DerbyshireLive reports.
Josh from Spondon, Derbyshire, moved to New Zealand three years ago where he started a new life as a drainage company.
Doctors have said it is a “miracle” that Josh is still alive after being held in a medically induced coma for three weeks.
In connection with the incident, a 56-year-old man is charged with aggravated assault.
He originally appeared in North Shore District Court on July 15 and will next appear on October 27.
Josh’s family had to wait excruciatingly to see if the New Zealand government would grant them an exemption to enter the country as they are still grappling with a Covid-19 lockdown.
When the exemption was granted and after the 11,300 mile journey to entry, they had to be quarantined in a hotel for two weeks before being allowed to see him.
His sister Sian, who saw him for the first time on September 22, said his future prognosis was still uncertain.
Josh was released from a rehabilitation center into the care of his family in time for his birthday, but has a long road to recovery.
Sian said, “When we recently dropped back to Level 3 Lockdown in Auckland, a certain visitor was allowed to visit Josh for an hour each day, and he and I were finally reunited.
“Josh was so happy when I visited and his mood has improved since the visits started. I was overjoyed to see him and was quite emotional.
“He has developed very well in the rehab center, although he had a few falls because the blood does not flow into the brain quickly enough when he gets up. He has a fever and also low blood pressure – his heart is beating faster than it should”.
“We were told that if we hit level 2 in the pandemic, Josh could have surgery.
“But he was told that his skull, which was originally removed to relieve pressure on his brain after the incident, is no longer suitable and that a replacement skull will be made for him.”
The family was happy to have Josh with them in time for his birthday.
Sian added, “Being with us will go a long way towards his recovery and psychological well-being. He is treated on an outpatient basis and continues to receive follow-up care.
“I wouldn’t say it’s exactly the same Josh as it was before the accident, but most of the time I would say.
“He’s forgetful, he’ll have trouble solving problems and things like that, and the emotions can be up and down by the hour.
“In terms of damage, it’s irreversible. There are quite a few scars on the frontal lobe.
“To be honest, the doctors are shocked he got this far. They told us to prepare for the worst. To be honest, I think he’s a little miracle.”
The procedure Josh underwent to remove a Bond flap is known as a craniectomy. If it is not replaced with the original bone, either a metal plate or a synthetic material is used.
His medical expenses are expected to be covered by the insurance.
The family is also desperate to raise funds to help cover their living expenses in New Zealand over the next few months.
They are also waiting to know if they will have to pay £ 6,150 quarantine charges or if they will be waived.
A total of £ 14,620 was paid on a. collected GoFundMe Help the Storer Family Get to Josh ‘page set up by a friend of the family, and more money has been raised from friends in New Zealand for air travel and subsistence expenses in the country.