The brother of a Middlesbrough teenager who was subjected to an horrific attack while on holiday in Turkey says his condition has "greatly improved".
Dwayne Ward was left fighting for his life in hospital after being attacked and robbed at the resort of Marmaris last week. The 17-year-old suffered from multiple stab wounds including one close to his heart, a punctured lung and a cut on his leg so deep that it penetrated the bone.
The teenager's family, who have been at his hospital bedside day and night, say they were worried he might not survive. Dwayne's mother, Doris, 51, also said he even asked: "Am I going to die?" However, they now say his condition is steadily improving and are hopeful he may be well enough to return home to Teesside next week.
In an exclusive interview Dwayne's brother, Darren Ward, told ITV News:
– Darren Ward, brother of Dwayne Ward
"His condition now is greatly improved from a few days ago. He's a different lad. He looks like my brother now.
"He can sit up, he can eat and he can slowly stand up and go to the toilet with help.
"But he's getting stronger every day. He's a strong lad."
Two local men, Attilay Dincer, 31, and Ismail A, 24, were arrested on Thursday in connection with the attack and have been charged with a series of offences including attempted murder, kidnapping, grievous bodily harm with intent and robbery.