Ryan Giggs sends video message to help attack victim
FOOTBALL legend Ryan Giggs has recorded a message of support for a teenager who recently woke from a coma following a vicious street attack.
Wales manager and former Manchester United icon Ryan Giggs sent words of encouragement to Ifan Owens, the 19-year-old Aberystwyth University student who was left fighting for his life after suffering serious head injuries.
On Sunday the secondyear criminology student was taken off a ventilator for the first time since being found unconscious in the early hours of January 14.
In his message, which was recorded at Wrexham AFC’s ground on Tuesday, Giggs said: “Newyddion da! Fantastic news, Ifan, that you’re on the speedy road to recovery. Keep getting better. We are thinking about you and hope to see you soon amongst the Red Wall.”
Mr Owens is a keen footballer and plays for college side Y Geltaidd in Aberystwyth and Y Cymric in Cardiff, as well as being a Wales supporter.
His father, Gareth Owens, who is from Llanfairpwll but now lives in Cardiff, said: “Thanks to Wales manager Ryan Giggs and the FAW for the lovely message. We are so grateful for all the messages we’ve received from people.”
Mr Owens was attacked in High Street and later transferred to the University Hospital of Wales, in Cardiff. He has now been moved from intensive care, and his father said his progress was “a tremendous tribute” to the NHS.
Five people have been arrested following the incident. Two remain on police bail and three have been released under investigation.
DCI Anthony Evans said: “We are still keen to identify the man who administered first aid to Mr Owens.”
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