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'EVERYONE HAS LET HER DOWN' Family angry attack victim hasn't been given help with psychiatric treatment.


mORE than six years after beauty student Tirion Lewis was left for dead by her schizophrenic boyfriend she is still struggling to come to terms with the horrific attack.

Tirion was in a coma for three months and was left with a brain injury, a ruptured kidney and a fractured pelvis after her then boyfriend, Wayne Fox, kidnapped her and repeatedly punched her in the face until she was almost unrecognisable.

But after a number of operations over the years the 25-year-old's family says she has been let down and has not had the help she deserved.

Tirion's mum, Nia Hafsia, said: "Everyone is so frustrated. She's being thrown from one doctor to the other.

"They all say her condition is so serious that they don't know what to do because people who go through such an attack usually die so they don't normally have this situation.

"We are angry as a family that nobody helped her with the psychiatric treatment."

Tirion, from Aberystwyth, suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome which causes seizures. A 10-week treatment at a specialist hospital in Bristol would help with the condition.

"She needs to go to that hospital but the treatment costs PS56,000," Nia explained.

"Because her injuries are classed as criminal damage they don't agree with giving her the money."

While her injuries are not noticeable from the outside Tirion still suffers from nightmares and has flashbacks during the day.

They take her back to the attack and she sees her attacker's face which causes panic attacks where she loses consciousness and can't breathe.

Following the attack a steel plaque was inserted in her pelvis and a cut beneath her eye has led to sight problems and severe headaches.

She also lost a litre of blood from her head and suffered a ruptured spleen, fluid on the lungs and had to have two skin grafts on her arms after Fox reversed a car over her after the attack.

Tirion still suffers from blood clots, particularly when she has to walk up stairs.

And she has to be with someone all the time as the panic attacks can happen at any moment.

Nia added: "It's not good for her confidence to be dependent on somebody else.

"She won't be able to work or go to university. The rest of her life has been changed.

"She does things to try to spark her memory. She remembers some things but then she might forget what she's just had for dinner.

"He [Fox] was assaulting her and she had forgotten about some of the assaults and recently some are coming back to her.

"This is making her relive the nightmare and she needs to learn how to cope and needs an expert to help her."

Nia said they feel that Tirion has been forgotten by the people who should be helping her.

"You can't just throw antidepressants at her," she added. "It's so sad.

"She has so much to give and everyone has let her down."

In 2011 Fox was found guilty of causing grievous bodily harm with intent after a jury heard how he beat Tirion close to death after hearing commands from the devil.

A judge at Swansea Crown Court sentenced him to at least eight years in a secure mental unit.

Fox also attacked Tirion's friend, Miriam Evans, as the two girls were sitting in Tirion's car listening to music when Fox punched through the window, took the wheel and drove them at speed into isolated woodland, where the attack took place.

Miriam was also beaten but managed to escape and raise the alarm.

The beating on Tirion was so brutal that paramedics who arrived at the scene were unable to tell whether they were treating a man or a woman.


Tirion Lewis in hospital after being beaten by Wayne Fox

Wayne Fox

Tirion Lewis with her mum, Nia Hafsia. Inset, Tirion
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Publication:Wales On Sunday (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:May 8, 2016
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