Proud mother is touched by support for recovering Liam

IPSWICH: I thank God for not taking him from us yet.

Those were the poignant words of Liam Rumsey’s proud mother, Johanna Wyatt, who revealed how she would remain strong during her son’s long road to recovery.

Mr Rumsey was left with severe head injuries following an alleged attack at Orwell Country Park in Nacton on May 3.

The former Chantry High School pupil was left in a critical condition in Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge, where he underwent major surgery.

Johanna, of Atherton Road, told the Evening Star that she had been “overwhelmed” by the outpouring of love that her family had received.

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Having remained beside her son’s hospital bed since he was admitted last week, she said: “I am completely overwhelmed by the on-going support and love shown for my son Liam, myself and my family.

“The past week we have been to hell and back. Thank God Liam is now starting to show signs of recovery after being in intensive care. Liam had life-saving surgery to remove blood clots from his brain, and has had part of his skull removed.”

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The 21-year-old is said to be recovering well and his family is currently working to ensure his life becomes as normal as possible.

Johanna added: “Liam is now awake in Addenbrooke’s Hospital and doing very well.

“With myself, his father, brother and sister at his bedside every day he has all the love and encouragement around him, he has told me he loves me and has even asked his brother Tom about the news on the football.

“As a family we will get our son back to as normal life as possible, we won’t let this beat us.”

While messages of goodwill and love continue to pour in for Liam, Johanna thanked the community, who have united in support for Liam.

“I would like to say thanks for all of the kindness shown towards Liam and my family.

“I pray for Liam’s health and happiness and thank God for not taking him from us yet. It will be a long road, but we’re all prepared to travel it.”

n If you have a message of support for Mr Rumsey, contact the Evening Star newsdesk on 01473 324788 or e-mail

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