June 14, 2013 - 12:38 PM
A Kamloops man who spent the last three months in hospital recovering from a head injury has been released from hospital in time to learn that charges have been laid against his alleged assailant and he is grateful to be alive.
Michael Forry, 46, of Mackenzie, was released from Lions Gate Hospital on Tuesday and is back in Kamloops for a charity golf tournament at Mount Paul on Sunday.
"Life goes on," he said.
While he said he has no recollection of what put him in hospital for close to three months, he has about 10 weeks of rehab in front of him, over 50 stitches on his head and may never drive or work again.
Forry spent two and a half months in hospital following an alleged assault at him at a 7-Eleven convenience store in Kamloops on March 24. Michael was taken to Royal Inland Hospital and placed in an induced coma. Part of his skull was removed to allow his brain to swell. He was moved to the North Vancouver hospital in May to be closer to family.
Since then, his skull was replaced and he was released this week.
He said his license has been taken away because a doctor deemed him unfit to drive. This will make it difficult to drive to rehab in Prince George and to go back to work in Tumbler Ridge.
"I'm really screwed," he said.
While he has much to sort through following his release from hospital, he knows he's lucky to be walking away from the incident.
"It could have been a lot worse if I wasn't such a big dude," he said.
Michael's sister, Ann, shares the same sentiment.
"Michael's doing awesome," Ann said. "He's very much exceeded the expectations."
She's optimistic because she feels that her brother is lucky to be alive.
"It really is short of miraculous," she said.
While Michael's recovery has been the number one priority for Michael's family, Ann was happy to hear yesterday that charges had been officially laid in connection with the incident.
"The serious crimes unit has done a thorough, great job," she said.
The 15-year-old man charged with aggravated assault is in the hands of the court system now and Ann is hoping for justice.
"It's very disturbing," she said. "We just have to stay optimistic and be grateful."
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