(Times of India)The condition of YannickNihangaza, a Burundi national, who was badly beaten up by a bunch of hoodlums last year, has started improving after he regained consciousness over a month ago. The student has been admitted to a private hospital in Patiala since the last week of April 2012 as his family had refused to shift him to PGI or Delhi despite recommendations by Punjab government.
"Yannick came out of coma one and half months ago. He has started identifying his family members. Though he can’t speak, he moves his eyes when he sees anyone from his family or friends," said Dr Arvind Malhotra, who has been attending on him.
"He has slightly started moving his left hand. Since his brain isn’t working properly as of now, he is not in a control of all his body parts. Though we can’t say how much time is needed for him to be fully well, but he is on the road to recovery," said Dr Malhotra.
The father of injured student Nestor has been staying in Patiala to look after his injured son. "I have been praying to god for his early recovery. God has heard my prayers," said Nestor.
On April 22, Yannick, 23, a BSc computer student of a private university was on his way to attend a party in Jalandhar when some unidentified persons attacked him and threw him on the roadside. He was taken to a hospital by some unidentified persons. Later due to his serious condition, he was referred to a private hospital in Patiala.