A heartbroken dad has released these images of his son, who is left fighting for his life after a nightclub attack.
Ben Pennington, 28, had to have part of his skull removed after being punched and cracking his head on the bar at Level One nightclub in Darwen, Lancashire.
Pictures released by his father Mark show Ben hooked up to machines in Royal Preston Hospital.
And Mark said the sales manager has not woken up since the attack.
He said: ‘The reason for the hospital picture is that hopefully people will share it and maybe the low life that did this will get to see his handy work, and maybe have the balls to admit what he’s done.
‘At the moment we’re preparing for the worst.
‘If Ben survives, we know there are likely to be life-changing problems. We feel numb really.’
Ben was visiting the nightclub with a friend, and his serious injuries were caused by just one punch.
Surgeons discovered two bleeds on his brain, and Ben underwent a five-hour operation to relieve pressure on his brain.
Mark, from Walton-le-Dale, Lancashire, said: ‘From what the police have told us, he went out at around 11pm in Darwen where his friend lives. The bar staff have said they were both very polite, not drunk.
‘At some stage a lad has started talking to them and apparently offered to buy a drink. His friend turned round and Ben was on the floor.
‘The fella who did it had allegedly only been in the club for 40 seconds. Ben was punched from the front and hit his head on the bar before falling to the floor.
‘Ben is a big, muscular, guy, he goes to the gym every day, so it must have been a pretty fearful blow. He’s not woken up since.
‘There’s no motive for it at all. He’s never been in a fight in his life. He’s a gentle giant, always the one breaking up fights, not getting involved in them.
‘He has everything going for him. The sister at the hospital had to tell us to stop so many people coming to visit him because the waiting room was full.’
Lancashire Police said a 27-year-old man from Darwen was arrested on suspicion of assault and bailed until November 15.
Detective inspector Zoe Russo said: ‘The victim has sustained a significant head injury and is currently in hospital with his family by his side.’
Police appealed for witnesses to contact them.