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Family of attacked ex-rugby player who was left in a coma for several months want him home from hospital

Scott Bessant Credit: Family photo

The family of a man who has been in hospital for a year say they are still searching for answers as to how he ended up being found unconscious in a lane.

Mr Bessant, from Talywain, Pontypool , was drinking in the Little Crown pub on the night before he was found by a passerby near a bridge in Pentwyn Lane in Abersychan .

It is unknown what happened to him.

Dad-of-two Mr Bessant was put in critical care and remained in a coma for several months.

His family said he suffered multiple fractures to his skull, a fractured neck, broken ribs on his entire right side, a fractured pelvis, a broken collarbone and a bleed on the brain. They also said since then he has had multiple strokes.

His parents visit Scott everyday travelling from New Inn to Cardiff, but he is unable to walk or talk.

The family want to take Scott for days out, but without a specially adapted vehicle or home to go to, he can't leave hospital.

Sian Chere, Scott's sister Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

We 're a close family. We want to bring him home where he belongs so he can be the doting dad he is. We used to enjoy days out at the reservoir, just normal little things people do, an adapted car would make all the difference.

– Sian Chere, Scott's sister
Scott's family are trying to raise funds for an adapted car Credit: Family photo

Under the banner of 'Scott's Angels', his friends and family have launched an appeal to raise £30,000 to buy a vehicle.

Scott was a keen fundraiser too so they are following in his footsteps. Last week they walked three Welsh Peaks but there's still a long way to go to hit the target.

Scott's got two children, we are having to protect them. They are wondering why their dad isn't able to walk or talk. It's been very hard. What we want more than anything is for Scott to be able to come home on Christmas day and be with his two kids.

– Neil Chere, Scott's brother-in-law
Ribbons have been placed as a sign of support Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

Black and gold ribbons, the colours of Scott's local rugby team, and red ones for Liverpool, his footballing favourites, are hung in his village to remember him whilst he's in hospital. The communities of Talywain and New Inn are rallying to help, in a traumatic year for all the family.