Brit father-of-four left in coma after being stabbed on stag do in Portugal

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A Welsh dad-of-four is in a coma after being stabbed in a popular resort in Portugal while on a stag do when he was separated from the rest of his group and set upon without provocation.

Joel Collins, from Troedyrhiw, a village in the county borough of Merthyr Tydfil, was allegedly set upon while walking home on July 4 after a night out.

He was taken to hospital in Faro by a member of the public who came across Joel unconscious in the street with four deep wounds in his abdomen, Wales Online reported.

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Joel had suffered lacerations to his pancreas, lungs, intestines and stomach and is in intensive care after multiple separate operations, his family said.

News of the attack has since reached Alex Evans, from Treherbert, who was stabbed three times and left for dead in the same area in May this year.

Joel's family have been speaking to Alex as they say they feel like they've been left without any help or support by the Portuguese authorities.

Like Joel, Alex was on a stag do and with a group of eight friends at the resort of Albufeira when they became separated after a night out.

He was stabbed and found by a local man who, instead of waiting for an ambulance, took him to hospital, an act that doctors said saved his life.

Heidi Collins, his sister, said Joel had limited memory of what had happened to him three weeks ago, but nurses said it looked like Joel had been mugged, as he arrived at the hospital without his phone or any ID.

He was left with deep stab wounds and has since been placed in intensive care following multiple surgeries.

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He is due to have another operation on Monday.

"People need to be extra vigilant when they are in the resort," the family warned. "It seems like the police aren't doing anything about it.

"These crimes are going on and nobody is aware of it."

The UK Embassy in Portugal and the Portuguese GNR have been contacted for comment.

Joel's family have launched a fundraising page to help fund their costs over the last weeks and those to come.


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