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Steve Fonyo out of coma, has head injury after violent home invasion: family

Steve Fonyo is seen in this picture taken while finishing Terry Fox's run across Canada.
Image Credit: THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chuck Stoody
March 23, 2015 - 8:27 AM

SURREY, B.C. - More than a month after Steve Fonyo was stabbed during a violent home invasion, he has been lifted from an induced coma but is suffering from memory loss and slurred speech.

His sister Suzanne Main says doctors have diagnosed him with a head injury but they don't know whether it will be permanent — and her family is holding out hope for a full recovery.

She says the medically induced coma was lifted about two weeks ago, but her visit this weekend marked the first time she saw him awake since the Feb. 13 attack.

When she arrived at the hospital on Saturday, Main says Fonyo started to cry and hugged her tightly, telling her in a slurred voice how happy he was to see her.

Main says the head injury is preventing RCMP from interviewing Fonyo about what investigators have said was likely a targeted assault in his home in Surrey, southeast of Vancouver, where three men stormed his doorway.

Fonyo, who lost a leg to bone cancer as a child, first became known to Canadians in 1984 when he ran across Canada to raise money for cancer research.

But his achievements were later overshadowed by criminal convictions and jail.

News from © The Canadian Press, 2015
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