Life support

Luton Town fan who suffered ‘head trauma’ is no longer alive

A Luton Town fan who suffered “traumatic brain injury” from an alleged assault after a championship game has not been kept alive, his family has said.

Brian Rourke, known to his friends as ‘Rourkie’, was found with a grievous head injury in west London following Luton’s football match against the Queens Park Rangers on 19 November.

After police found Brian, 52, on Uxbridge Road, he was taken to hospital by ambulance in a life-threatening condition.

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Brian’s family said they were “really” overwhelmed with the support received since the incident and said his condition “remains gravely ill with medical assistance”.

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In an update posted on a fundraising page last night, December 3, the family said Brian was no longer on a resuscitation machine but would need extensive rehabilitation.

Brian’s sister-in-law Carley Sharpe organized the fundraiser which has now raised over £ 20,000.

In a message, she said: “Vee and the family have been truly overwhelmed by the generosity shown over the past week and cannot express how much this will help Brian’s recovery.

“Over the past few days, doctors have removed Brian from the ventilator and are currently performing a thorough neurological evaluation.

“Although we know he has suffered serious injuries to the right side of his brain at this time, the full extent of the injuries has yet to be determined.

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“As most of you know, Brian never does things by halves and also battles pneumonia while contracting Covid at the same time.”

She added that there had been no change in Brian’s condition and at this point “the doctors cannot confirm a long term result.”

Brian’s wife Vee last month thanked everyone who showed their support for her husband and family.

Jack Ellicott, 26, of Edgware, north London, has been charged with causing grievous bodily harm.

He is due to appear before Isleworth Crown Court on December 20.

You can donate to Go Fund Me ‘Rourkie’s Recovery’ here.

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