Dad left paralysed with half a skull and ‘sunken’ brain after brutal attack by thug who gets just two months in jail.

A DAD has been left paralysed with half a skull and “sunken brain” after a vicious attack by a thug – who has been caged for just two months.

Steven Augustine, 32, has been fighting for his life since May 2018 after doctors say he was beaten with a baseball bat while walking home from work in New York, US.

 Steven Augustine is suffering from sunken brain syndrome - a rare complication

Steven Augustine is suffering from sunken brain syndrome - a rare complicationCredit: Caters News Agency

 The brutal attack, carried out while he was walking home, left Steven in a coma

The brutal attack, carried out while he was walking home, left Steven in a comaCredit: Caters News Agency

 Steven cries every time he sees his young sons Michael, 7, and Steven Jnr, 11

Steven cries every time he sees his young sons Michael, 7, and Steven Jnr, 11Credit: Caters News Agency

He was left paralysed as the left side of his skull was removed after being shattered during the robbery.

Steven needs to undergo further surgery, so specialists can create a special plastic skull to protect his brain.

The dad-of-two is now suffering from sunken brain syndrome – a rare complication after a large craniectomy to remove part of his skull – which makes Steven look as though he's missing half of his head.

His heartbroken mum Donna, 56, who has been at his side throughout his horrendous ordeal, says his condition is continuing to deteriorate.

Donna says their family are outraged that Steven's attacker, Charles Miles, received a misdemeanour charge and served just 72 days of his 365-day sentence at Ulster County Jail.

 His mum, Donna, has been fighting for 'justice', saying the injuries were inconsistent with a single punch

His mum, Donna, has been fighting for 'justice', saying the injuries were inconsistent with a single punchCredit: Caters News Agency

 Doctors have attempted to replace the missing part of his skull with a steel plate, but it became infected twice

Doctors have attempted to replace the missing part of his skull with a steel plate, but it became infected twiceCredit: Caters News Agency

 Steven's mum hopes the surgery will save her son's life, as he has been in hospital since May last year

Steven's mum hopes the surgery will save her son's life, as he has been in hospital since May last yearCredit: Caters News Agency

Doctors say that Steven's severe injuries are consistent with blunt force trauma – being battered with a baseball bat.

Yet lawyers claim Miles – who pleaded guilty to assault – punched Steven just once, and his brain injury was sustained by falling backwards on to the ground.

Ulster County District Attorney Holley Carnright told ABC 7 News that since Miles did not intend to cause serious physical harm, his office could not bring felony assault charges against him.

Donna disputes that stance, saying: "The damage that has been done could not have happened after one punch.

 He is awaiting further surgery after two failed ops to replace the bone with steel plate

He is awaiting further surgery after two failed ops to replace the bone with steel plateCredit: Caters News Agency

 Medical reports say his injury was caused by blunt force trauma - most likely caused by a baseball bat

Medical reports say his injury was caused by blunt force trauma - most likely caused by a baseball batCredit: Caters News Agency

“The left side of his head shattered along with multiple skull fractures throughout his head and face, and he has had bleeding on the brain.

“Charles Miles was given a light sentence and I want justice for my son who is fighting every single day for his life.

“Steven was a happy, fun-loving guy who loved his job as a chef – he would work 12-hour shifts and was still smiling at the end.

“He loves his children and family more than anything in the world and to see him now, completely brain dead is devastating.

“I am heartbroken – my son is in a vegetated state."

BOYS "MISS THEIR DADDY"

Adding to the trauma is the fact that specialists have attempted to replace the missing bone with a steel plate, but it became infected twice.

Steven has been suffering severe seizures, and medication to prevent them is damaging his liver.

Donna added: “My boy is fighting every day; he wakes up every time I walk in the room and he can blink to say 'yes' and 'no'.

“He cries every time he sees his sons Michael, seven and Steven Junior, 11 – they cry too because they miss their daddy so much."

One bit of good news for the distraught family is that a New York government agency that helps victims of crime has now agreed to fund vital surgery.

His mum added: “The surgery could save his life; it will equal out the fluid around his brain and protect it – a slight bump to the area could be life-threatening as it's just skin protecting his brain.

“They will use a special plastic plate as the steel ones do not seem to agree with him; I pray it works."

However, relatives and friends are still fundraising via GoFundMe for his medical care and to make Donna's home accessible to Steven, once he's eventually discharged from hospital.

 Better times: Steven's family has kept a vigil by his bedside, but his boys are heartbroken

Better times: Steven's family has kept a vigil by his bedside, but his boys are heartbrokenCredit: Caters News Agency

 Donna says the next lot of surgery should 'save Steven's life'

Donna says the next lot of surgery should 'save Steven's life'Credit: Caters News Agency

 He loves his children and family more than anything in the world

He loves his children and family more than anything in the worldCredit: Caters News Agency

 Charles Miles admitted assault last year

Charles Miles admitted assault last year

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