A father who was left in a coma after an alleged coward punch outside a
fish ‘n’ chip shop has miraculously woken up after his family said their goodbyes and turned off his life support.
Father-of-three Beau Shortis, 35, was allegedly attacked on the corner of Nepean Highway and Davey Street after celebrating his best friend’s engagement party on November 25 last year.
He was so badly injured he fell into a coma and spent more than a month in hospital.
His mother and sister started to plan his funeral and the homicide squad was brought in to investigate.
Mr Shortis’ sister Donna Griffiths said doctors told her there was ‘nothing more they could do’ to save him.
Two days after his family said goodbye to the beloved father-of-three and turned his life support off, he started to wake up.
His survival shocked doctors who expected Mr Shortis would die from his severe head injuries.
Mr Shortis said he was in a daze after he woke, and remembered very little from the attack.
‘For days I didn’t know what I was doing, I was just all over the shop. I didn’t know anything really,’ he told Seven News.
‘In a way I’m really glad I don’t remember it, I don’t really want to remember it anyway.’
Mr Shortis said the alleged attack happened in the blink of an eye and with no warning at all.
‘It was a great night, spending time with friends, wishing my best mate a happy engagement,’ he told the Herald Sun.
‘We were leaving there and waiting for a taxi and that’s the last thing I remember.’
Mr Shortis said he was given a second chance at life and intended to make the most of it.
‘I’m here for a reason, I don’t know what it is yet but it must be good – it just wasn’t my time,’ he said.
The father-of-three, who requires ongoing treatment and rehabilitation for his injury, is now recovering at home.
The police have arrested Frankston man, Matthew Defreitas, over the alleged attack.
Mr Defreitas is expected to face court on April 5, charged with recklessly causing serious injury.
The police said they still required help from the public, and urged anyone with information about the alleged attack to come forward.