Dad-to-be taxi driver, 37, lost a quarter of his skull after brutal attack by knife and knuckle duster gang


A TAXI driver lost a quarter of his skull after being viciously beaten and left for dead in a suspected racist attack.

Faisal Raja, 37, was given just a 10 per cent chance of surviving after he suffered catastrophic brain injuries when he was attacked by thugs in Derby on November 25 last year.

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Faisal Raja was left on a life support machine for six weeks[/caption]

Eight people have been arrested in connection with the incident and an investigation is ongoing.

The cabbie, from Derby, suffered two severe brain fractures, severe swelling and bleeding on the brain and had to have a quarter of his skull removed in four operations.

He had finished a call to his pregnant wife Rozi, 31, and stepped out of his car to get some food when he was set upon by a gang wielding a knuckle duster and a knife.

Now back at home with three-week-old daughter Aliza, Faisal is facing having to spend the next six months wearing a protective helmet and unable to leave the house unassisted.

Mum-of-one Rozi said: “They’re animals, they left him to die.

“I thought he wouldn’t make it, I thought I was going to be a single parent.

They’re animals, they left him to die.

Faizal's wife Rozi

“He could have been targeted because of his race.

“When we went in to see him, he was covered in wires and you could see how much his head had swollen. He was given a 10 per cent of surviving and was put on a life support machine.”

Faisal spent two-and-a-half months in hospital and was on life support for six weeks.

Initially, he was unable to speak, eat or swallow but has now entered intensive physiotherapy which has allowed him to regain some of his movement and most of his speech.

Despite that, Faisal requires round-the-clock medical care, daily hospital appointments and specially adapted features at home like a wet room and stair lift.

A Derbyshire Police spokesman said: “Eight people have been arrested in connection to the incident.

“Seven have been released under investigation and one has been released on police bail. Our enquiries are still ongoing.”

A Derby City Council spokesperson, said: “We take the safety of our taxi drivers very seriously.

“This was a horrific attack and we hope that the perpetrators are brought to justice as soon as possible.”

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The dad-of-one was attacked after getting out of his taxi[/caption]

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He was left with a large section of his skull missing[/caption]

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Faisal, pictured with wife Rozi, is now forced to wear a protective helmet[/caption]

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Faisal is now back at home with three-week-old daughter Aliza[/caption]

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Faisal pictured before the attack[/caption]

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Faizal and Rozi pictured last year[/caption]

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