Man in a coma pictured with his newborn daughter days before he died

The daughter he never got to see. Devastating.


George Fenlon, 23, was attacked during a night out in Blackpool, Lancashire, and was left unconscious in hospital for three months. While he fought for his life, his wife, Beth Turner, 23, was pregnant with the couple’s child. She gave birth to a baby daughter two weeks before George passed away.

George never woke up, but his wife wanted their baby girl, Clara Georgia – named after her dad, to have at least one photo with him, so she placed her next to him on the bed.

George’s devastated mother, Melissa, 53, told the Mirror, “Looking back now, I’m not sure how we all got through it, the range of emotions we had to go through was horrendous. Beth wanted Clara to meet George and have a little bit of time with him so she had a C-section and she had a couple of weeks in hospital with him where she saw him everyday.

“It was important that she did that because we’ve got memories, we’ve got pictures. The hospital did a lot, we’ve also got little prints of Clara’s and George’s hands together.”

George suffered the injuries that left him in coma on August 15.

Police was called out to The Strand in Blackpool at around 2am following assault reports. At the time of their arrival, they found George, who was working as a bartender at Revolution Bar, with severe head injuries.

George was rushed to the Royal Preston Hospital and placed on life support, but he succumbed to the injuries on November 22. Cause of death was complications of blunt head trauma.

Recalling the night of the tragic attack, Melissa said, “We were all in shock, we weren’t sure what was happening. It was one of his friends who phoned, he said something had happened but no one was sure what.

“Then we heard George had gone to Royal Preston Hospital and we didn’t know why but when we got more information, we found out he had a serious head injury so Preston was the best place for him.

“His girlfriend was six or seven months pregnant at that time so we were all just in shock and when we saw him it was pretty horrific.”

George with his partner before the incident

In her son’s honor, Melissa has organized a charity event called ‘The Fenlon Football Funday’, set for July at Stanley Park in the town. The event will feature a football tournament and activities for children.

“The fun day is for Clara and all of George’s friends, to keep his memory alive. If it’s a success this year, I’m hoping it will be an annual event. It’s just what George was, he was a fun loving guy who loved his football, so it’s what George would have wanted – for everyone to have a nice day.”

Our thoughts and prayers are with George’s family during their time of grief. May he rest in peace.

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