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Coma attack victim Leon Adams story to be told on prime-time TV

The remarkable tale of recovery of a Welsh barman left in a coma is to be told on prime-time TV – 11 years after the savage attack which changed his life forever.

Leon Adams, now 36, was found battered and unconscious outside a Cardiff train station on Valentine’s Day 2002.

He spent two years in a coma after the vicious assault, which detectives have never solved.

In the years since, Leon has made slow but steady progress and in recent months he has improved to the extent that he is now conscious of what happened to him.

He even asks his devoted mum: “Have they caught the people who did this yet?”

And now, after Wales on Sunday first told of his recovery back in February, his story is to be shown on the BBC’s The One Show.

The short film, which will be shown tomorrowMON night at 7pm, will feature new footage of Leon at his home in Swansea in addition to clips taken from his sister’s wedding before he was brutally beaten.

It will also include a reconstruction previously used in a BBC Crimewatch appeal broadcast four months after he was left for dead.

Leon had finished his shift at about 11.30pm at the Cottage pub in Cardiff and was making his way home when he was badly beaten.

CCTV cameras filmed him walking down the city’s St Mary Street at about 2am but he was found unconscious three hours later outside Grangetown train station. His £130 wages were missing. Despite the Crimewatch reconstruction at the time and a reward of £20,000, detectives have failed to turn up any evidence and his attackers have never been caught.

Speaking about the film, Leon’s mum Angela Main, told how it was a chance for everyone to see how well Leon’s recovery had gone.

“So many people have been interested in finding out how Leon has been doing and by doing this it allows people to see Leon without travelling the length and breadth of the country,” she said. “They can see how well he is doing and how much he has progressed over the years. People will be amazed because last time a lot of people saw him he was so different – since then he’s improved massively.”

The 57-year-old described how when Leon first woke up out of the coma in 2004 he opened his eyes only to stare blankly at his surroundings.

But when doctors changed his medication he began to improve, he then slowly started to track people with his eyes and began acknowledging questions by raising his eyebrows.

The next few years were difficult for the family but they were encouraged by the regular small improvements.

Then, last year, Leon caught pneumonia and developed an infection in his feeding tube which according to Angela nearly saw him die.

However, what at first was a terrifying experience soon turned into more of a positive one – most of the time at least.

“While we didn’t know it at the time it actually seems to have spurred him on and he has improved leaps and bounds,” Angela said.

“It’s really weird to watch, every time I see him it amazes me how well he’s doing which is wonderful and really quite heartwarming. But then, on the other hand, it’s also quite devastating because the more you see him improve the more you know he’s remembering more about what happened and how he used to be.”

Even though Angela and the rest of the family had agreed to the making of the film they still admit to being a little apprehensive about watching it.

Not least the footage of Leon before the attack which was filmed at his sister’s wedding.

Angela said: “I’m definitely a bit nervous about seeing that on TV but then I keep reminding myself that I see it running through my head everyday so what’s the difference?”

She added: “The filming was quite a stressful process but fun at the same timeThe producers even got Leon to ask whether they’d found the attackers againAnd that was funny because he managed to delete it before they had finished filming.”

Yet while the making of the film was intense for the family, for Leon it was quite the opposite.

“Leon absolutely loved it,” Angela said. “He’s still got his sense of humour and he thinks he’s going to be mobbed by women now or that he’s going to have an army of fans. It’s great that he can view it like that, it helps to take away all the negative bits.”

A BBC spokeswoman said: “We’re very grateful to Leon and his family for giving us the opportunity to tell Leon’s story and to update the audience on the progress he has made since the terrible attack.

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