Assault victim’s condition improves |

Assault victim’s condition improves

Assault victim Josh Harkins came out of his coma and is breathing on his own, his family reported today.

Harkins was hit in the right side of his head with a skateboard at Condon Park June 7 as he tried to break up a fight. He spent more than a week in an induced coma with injuries to his skull and brain.

The 25-year-old woke up from the induced coma Monday morning, said his father Dan Harkins, the same day his friends and coworkers held a spaghetti dinner benefit for him at Citizens Restaurant in Nevada City.

“He said ‘Dad, I want to go to the spaghetti dinner,” Dan Harkins said. “I had to tell him no, we can’t right now!”

Harkins recognizes people who visit him, Dan Harkins said, including his two younger brothers who came home from Iraq to see him.

Both Marines, they have to return overseas this weekend.

Harkins can talk, he said, but he doesn’t make a lot of sense yet.

“He’s dazed and confused right now,” Harkins said, “He’s making progress and he’s looking good.”

It may be a few weeks before his son is released from the hospital, he said.

Read Wednesday’s edition of The Union for the full story.

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