Ararat man left with permanent brain injury after attack while walking his dog

| 20.09,18. 02:46 AM |

Ararat man left with permanent brain injury after attack while walking his dog

Photo: The victim spent 28 days in intensive care as a result of his injuries. (Supplied)

A man has suffered permanent brain damage and lost the sense of smell and taste after he was hit from behind while out walking his dog in western Victoria.

Police have appealed for information about the incident on July 1, when the 59-year-old man as out walking his dog on Barkly St, Ararat, just before 11:00pm.

He was hit in the head from behind and collapsed but a woman called triple zero. She had left the scene by the time the emergency services had arrived.

The man was flown to the Royal Melbourne Hospital and was in intensive care for 28 days.

He had multiple injuries including a fractured skull, bleeding on the brain and was in and out of a coma.

He also needed a number of operations to assist his breathing.

A family member, who did not want to be identified, said the man is "very fearful" because the attacker is still "out there".

"You don't want to see someone you love … hanging on for dear life," said the woman.

"It's something he did every day, walk his dog. It shouldn't happen."

The man's memory about the incident is improving every day, his relative said.

Left for dead

The man has had to relearn how to walk and is not working because of his injuries, the relative said.

She appealed for the person responsible to go to police.

"Someone nearly died because of your actions," she said.

"Someone called triple zero, thank God, or he'd be dead."

Appealing for information about the incident, Senior Constable Caroline Blackley from Victoria Police said it was "unfathomable" that the man was attacked and left for dead.

She said they wanted to speak to the woman who called triple zero.

It is believed another man and woman may be involved and CCTV from the scene showed one person walking away from the scene.


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