Gary Carter, the rugby league reporter who was attacked in London in November and suffered serious head injuries, is making steady progress in his recovery, having been transferred last month to Salford Royal Hospital closer to his Tameside home.
The former Manchester Evening News reporter was photographed sitting up in his hospital bed before Christmas, the picture posted on social media with an update on his progress from his wife, Gemma.
Carter had been in London on November 6 to cover the second Test between England and New Zealand, and was walking back to where he was staying when the attack happened. He is thought to have hit his head on the pavement. A man has pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm and awaits sentencing this month.
In her message on Facebook, Gemma Carter wrote: “2015 has been the most challenging year of our lives.
“I’m welcoming 2016 with open arms and staying focused on the one thing in the world that means the most to me, my husband, Gaz.
“We would have never got this far without the support of our wonderful families and friends and words cannot explain how grateful we are for this. Long may it continue for a healthy and happy future. Happy new year from the Carters and raise a glass to our fabulous NHS this evening!”
The SJA’s committee and members send Gary and Gemma Carter and their family our very best wishes for a full recovery and a happy 2016.
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