• The gang smashed an object against Wilson's head while his son watched
  • Wilson is still fighting for his life after surgery for multiple bleeds on the brain
  • Police arrested five teenagers in connection with the incident

A father has been in a coma after allegedly being attacked by a group of teenagers while trying to save his 11-year-old son from bullies.

Alan Wilson, a 46-year-old care worker, rushed to Longcroft Park in West Sussex after seeing the group of boys throwing his son to the ground on Sunday, reported Evening Standard. Upon seeing him, the gang reportedly turned on Wilson and smashed an object against his head, while his son watched.

He suffered brain injuries due to the incident and was rushed to a nearby hospital where he remains in serious condition.

Wilson's wife Annie took to Facebook to give updates about his condition. "He is fighting for his life after brain surgery for multiple bleeds on the brain," Annie wrote.

"He is the most kind and gentle man [sic] in the world. My 11-year-old son you have also given mental trauma [sic]. A father coming to rescue his son because you started physically hurting him and throwing him on the ground," she said further.

She also shared that the ventilator won't work properly then talked about how serious her husband's condition is. "He has facial fractures. I hope you are proud of yourself. We have been told now to just live life day by day."

Police already arrested five boys in connection with the attacks. Sussex Police said all five are teenagers who are under the age of 18. They were apprehended on suspicion of attempted murder and grievous bodily harm with intent. They were later released on bail with strict conditions.

"The assault and the build-up to it occurred in a public park in daylight, so it was likely that other people would have witnessed the assault or the suspects running from the scene. I am keen to hear from anyone who has information but is yet to come forward," Detective Inspector Simon Dunn said.

A JustGiving page has been set up for the family to help with expenses. It has so far raised over £15,000 in donations.

In response to the outpouring of support, the family thanked their supporters and well-wishers. "Words can not describe how grateful I am of [sic] how much has been given to help my mum and family out at this time. I'm so so shocked – this will help my mum out so much while my dad is in hospital – thank you so so much every one [sic]," Wilson's daughter Becky wrote in a Facebook post as per Worthing Herald.

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