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Kelowna musician in critical condition after alleged assault

James Reid, centre, is in the hospital after an alleged assault Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019.
Image Credit: FACEBOOK / Steve Gosselin
December 02, 2019 - 2:31 PM

Messages of support are pouring in for Kelowna musician James Reid who is in the hospital after an alleged assault in the city this weekend.

According to Angela Nagy, Reid’s sister, James is in critical condition but is responding.

“James is nothing short of a miracle. The doctors said that had he come in any later he wouldn’t have made it. He is still in critical condition, but he is already beginning to open his eyes and respond to us by nodding his head. We are so hopeful. He’s not out of the woods, but he is making really strong progress. Please keep your love coming,” Nagy wrote on Facebook Saturday, Nov. 30.

Nagy said Reid has a fractured skull, but a CT scan Saturday night didn’t show any further bleeding in the frontal left lobe. An update at 10:30 a.m. Sunday says that Reid is now breathing well on his own and is responding to questions.

"The positive, rapid changes are tremendous, and such a contrast from being told he might not survive just 36 hours ago. He still has at least a day or two of critical care, and a long road to recovery ahead, but if things keep going the way they have been it will be nothing short of a miracle," Nagy wrote.

Kelowna musician James Reid is pictured in this undated photo from GoFundMe.
Kelowna musician James Reid is pictured in this undated photo from GoFundMe.
Image Credit: GoFundMe

Steve Gosselin, a friend and former bandmate, said his prayers are with Reid as he fights to recover.

“Now I pray that you get past this and move on so that we can all see and embrace that beautiful light that shines through you,” Gosselin wrote in a post to Facebook. “You’ve always had a big heart with lots of love to give regardless of the difficult stuff that came along with it.”

"Our family wants to convey our deepest and everlasting gratitude for the overwhelming amount of support we have received. We've had countless offers to care for children, provide parking and places for family to sleep, care packages of food and coffee brought to the hospital, and so many personal calls and messages offering love and support," Nagy wrote.

While it is believed that Reid was assaulted early Saturday morning in Kelowna, little information is available.

Calls to Kelowna RCMP about the assault were not returned.

Nagy told the family would not be commenting beyond the Facebook updates at this time.

A GoFundMe has been set up to raise funds for James Reid's recovery and rehabilitation costs.

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