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Boy in coma after Majorca attack

Alex Hughes
Alex Hughes was on holiday on the Spanish island

A Welsh teenager is in a coma in hospital after he was attacked by local youths while on holiday in Majorca.

Alex Hughes, 16, from Radyr, near Cardiff, was hit over the head with a bottle as he left a nightclub in the Port d'Andratx resort.

The Spanish Civil Guard confirmed Alex, who was staying with three friends and their parents, was injured in the attack and is in a coma.

The boy's grandmother said he remains critically ill.

"We are just praying that he will make it," said Pauline Simms, who lives in Aberdare, in the Cynon Valley.

"He was over on holidays with friends and their parents for a nice break after doing their GCSEs.

Alex was trying to escape but was hit on the head with a bottle
Dr Dermot Hughes, Alex's father

"They went to a little nightclub which was (in) a very quiet resort in Majorca and these Spanish boys set upon them after they came out from the nightclub on their way home.

"Alex was the unlucky one to be hit on the head with a bottle."

Mrs Simms said a parent of one of his friends had been waiting up for them to return, and called paramedics who took Alex to hospital in Palma.

"They decided immediately to operate on him and at the moment it is still a very serious situation," added his grandmother.

A Civil Guard spokesman said: "Police are investigating the incident. There are three male suspects but no arrests have been made."

Map showing Majorca
Police on Majorca say there are three male suspects in the case

The Sun newspaper said the attackers targeted Alex and his friends because they had been dancing with local girls.

Alex's father Dr Dermot Hughes, a consultant anaesthetist in neurosurgery, and his mother Helen flew out to be at their son's bedside.

Dr Hughes told the paper: "All we can do is wait with our fingers crossed and pray he comes out of his coma.

"Unfortunately for our boys, they waited for them to leave, drove up in a car and attacked them.

"Alex was trying to escape but was hit on the head with a bottle.

"Alex is a lover not a fighter. He has a quiet manner but is quick-witted - a lovely boy."

Well wishers and friends from Radyr Comprehensive School where Alex is a pupil have set up a Facebook group supporting him.



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