An NHS worker says he is “traumatised” and will never recover after being seriously hurt in a racially aggravated hit-and-run.
The 21-year-old was walking to the bus stop after finishing work at Southmead Hospital in Bristol at about 4.20pm last Wednesday when he was attacked.
In his first interview since the incident, the victim – who only wants to be referred to as K or Kdogg, the name he uses when he performs music – said he had been listening to Stormzy on his phone when the attack happened.
Witnesses told police that a dark blue Honda Accord was deliberately driven at K before two men shouted racial abuse at him and then ran from the car.
“As I was helped off, I got laid on the floor and bandaged up.
“I want to thank the people who helped me because of how quickly they responded and how they rang the emergency services because, obviously, if it wasn’t for them I’m not sure if I would be here.”
K was unable to walk after the incident and was bleeding profusely from his head.
When he arrived at nearby Southmead Hospital, he was recognised by NHS colleagues and treated by them.
He underwent plastic surgery to his face that evening and was found to have suffered a broken leg, nose and cheekbone.
Doctors would not show him the extent of injuries to his face in the hospital so he saw them for the first time when he went home.
K was discharged from hospital the day after the attack due to Covid-19, but has been back for treatment repeatedly since.
“When I got home I looked in the mirror and that’s when I saw it,” he said.
“I was like ‘Wow’. The doctor obviously said it’s going to heal but I’m going to have this for the rest of my life – marks on my face for the rest of my life.
“So just to know that this is literally going to be me for the rest of my life is obviously not nice.”
There is grit and glass in his face that doctors are unable to remove.
The attack is being investigated by a dedicated team at Avon and Somerset Police, who are being supported by officers from the force’s Major Crime Investigation Team.
Before the incident, K kept himself fit by going to the gym and exercising. He was told by the doctor that if he hadn’t been ‘fit’ and someone who excersised he may have died at the scene.
His injuries are so severe that he is unable to go upstairs in his home and can only sleep in a chair at a 45-degree angle.
“Any small movements, anything I try and do right now is just proper painful, which is not pleasant at all,” he said.
Doctors have said it will take a minimum of six months before K is able to do “most things” but it will take longer for him to be back to full fitness.
“But the scars on my face are going to be there for life so I’m not really going to be recovered from this,” he said.
“Obviously mentally as well, I’m traumatised. I don’t even know if it might happen again.
“No-one has been arrested yet so the suspects are still at large.
“For my family, for them going to the shop and so on, they probably have started to feel like it’s not safe for them.
“Even some of my mates now, they’re kind of watching themselves every time they are on the road. They’re always looking around.
“In your life, it shouldn’t be having to look over your shoulder all the time and just not feel safe.
“It’s definitely affected me and my family and people around me in different ways.
“Even let’s say I recover, I don’t feel like I’m safe anymore to do anything.”
Anyone with information about the attack is asked to contact the force online or by phoning 101, quoting reference number 5220163308.
They can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Additional reporting by PA Media