The family of a man who was beaten and left unconscious on the street in front of his Middleton Place home is thanking those who provided donations during the Christmas season.
David Lamont, 51, was left comatose in critical condition after confronting teens outside his home in the early-morning hours of Sept. 21.
"Dave was left for dead but thanks to a wonderful miracle and outstanding medical care, he is now on a journey towards significant recovery," wife Agnes Lamont said in an email statement this week. "Multiple surgeries and intense rehabilitation have taken their toll but Dave's innate strength and extraordinary work ethic are propelling him through important milestones like breathing independently, relearning to walk, and being able to swallow again."
Police have identified three local teens and an 18-year-old "person of interest" reportedly present during the attack. No charges have been filed, and police have said they hope to interview Lamont to learn more about what occurred.
The family's situation -- with Lamont the sole income earner for the family, according to family friend Craig Mullins -- led to Mullins starting a fundraising drive for the family that raised more than $22,000, exceeding its goal.
"We never thought that we would be at the receiving end of the kind of care and giving with which you have gifted us and we are humbled," Agnes Lamont said in her statement. "We will never deserve this outreach but hope to pay it forward to others when we can. All of your many prayers and good thoughts have sustained us and helped us get a miracle started for Dave."
She said she, her husband and their two teen daughters are still struggling, nearly four months after the attack.
"As his family we can love and encourage him but we cannot lift the burden of his physical suffering. Our suffering has been emotional rather than physical. The girls experienced elemental fear, were stripped of innocence and a sense of security. Please know, though, that you have helped lift our burden and we will always be grateful," Agnes Lamont said. "The tragedy that happened in an instant devastated us on many levels and we will always carry scars."
She offered thanks collectively to those who contributed to the fundraiser and promised to thank individuals whenever possible.
"A single act of evil in no way competes with the love, compassion and decency that we see daily from friends and strangers," Agnes Lamont said. "We offer heartfelt thanks to all the wonderful people who have helped, prayed and comforted our family these past months. However, we are blessed in many ways. Our faith in God, and our bonds with friends and community have deepened."
The fundraising effort, started two months ago through GoFundMe, is continuing. GoFundMe is a crowd-sourcing website where people can donate to projects or causes.
Donations can be made by searching for David Lamont's name. A donate button is near the bottom of the page.