Harry Trask, 19, has spoken out after he was hit from behind and fell face-first onto the pavement – leaving a deep wound under his chin.
The barman was rushed to hospital by ambulance, where his family joined him and patiently waited to discover the extent of his injuries.
The 6ft 5ins tall teen spent four hours in surgery at Royal Preston Hospital on Wednesday where medics wired his jaw shut before inserting metal plates to help reinforce it.
“Harry is a great kid and is happy-go-lucky but he is a shell of himself now. I think it will affect him in the long-run”
Harry’s mum, Jody Sutton
He also had a three-inch gash under his chin which had to be surgically stitched up and lost five teeth in total.
It’s now feared that the injuries Harry, from North Shore near Blackpool, Lancs., suffered could shatter his dream of joining the army.
His mum, Jody Sutton, 40, has told how her “popular and happy-go-lucky” son is now a shell of himself following the alleged attack at 4.15am on Tuesday while on his way home from work.
She said: “He was unconscious before he had even hit the fall. The surgeon said a millimetre higher and he could have been killed.
“He had three of his teeth knocked out and broke another two so had to have them surgically removed. He also broke his jaw in three places.
“Harry is a handsome boy but now his jaw is huge. It looks like he has swallowed a ball.
“Harry is a great kid and is happy-go-lucky but he is a shell of himself now. I think it will affect him in the long-run.
“He was trying to get in the army but we don’t know if he can do that now because he has plates in his face.
“People need to realise there are consequences from one punch.”
Jody says her son has a minimum of six weeks with his jaw wired shut and doctors have told her it could take him months to recover.
“He can’t eat solid food for eight weeks, and the swelling in his face could take six months to heal,” said Jody.
A 22-year-old was later arrested and charged with inflicting grievous bodily harm without intent.
He was remanded to appear at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court on Friday.