A YOUNG builder has battled back from the brink after a pool cue was poked through his eye and into his brain.
Sam Willers, 23, was left fighting for life after the incident at The Mead End pub in Denmead.
It is understood a friend was playing around with a pool cue when it was jabbed through Sam’s eye, into his brain and touched his skull on the other side.
Sam, of Anmore Road, Denmead, was left unconscious and was taken to the neurological unit at Southampton General Hospital where he was given just a one per cent chance of survival.
But doctors fought to save him and put him into an induced coma to help his brain heal. He also underwent an eye operation.
Following the accident on June 21, Sam has now been transferred to Queen Alexandra Hospital, where he is under the care of a team of specialists.
He is awake, although not fully aware of what happened to him and is not talking coherently.
His family, including mum Melody and brothers Ben, Tom and Jacob, have been keeping a bedside vigil since the incident.
Close family friend Angela Harwood, 58, from Denmead, said: ‘He’s awake and talking. He’s got his personality.
‘His left side is fine and his right side, they are working on.
‘There’s a long way to go. It’s going to be a long process to recover.
‘For nearly three weeks, his life was in the balance.’
Angela, a Scout leader who has known Sam since his days at Denmead Scouts, has set up a support group.
More than £800 has been raised to help the family with travel costs.
His mum Melody has written on social networking sites thanking people for their support.
She wrote: ‘He was up the pub for a quick pint with his mate after a very hard week at work when the mate decided to mess around with a pool cue and poke Sam in the eye with it.
‘It went straight through his eye right into his brain and touched his skull on the other side. The support my family have received has been amazing – and I mean proper true honest real support.’
Angela told The News: ‘It was awful. You go to the pub and the next thing you know your son’s life is in the balance.
‘It was such a shock.’
Sam attended Cowplain Community School. Angela added: ‘He’s very likeable. He’s got a brilliant sense of humour.’
A police spokeswoman said Sam would need to be interviewed once he is able.
GENEROSITY OF VILLAGERS TO HELP SAM IS APPLAUDED
THE community has rallied round to support Sam, with more than 300 people signed up to a Facebook group.
Family friend Angela Harwood, 58, said: ‘The village has been amazing.
‘We have been doing the allotment for Melody and people have been doing the garden.
‘We have been making meals for them every day. Melody has a lot of friends in the US and they have started collecting money.’
Denmead Scout Jack Wooster, 11, raised £200 with a collection bucket at a fete and outside the local shops.