Sword hero’s battle

Gary Wainwright at home recovering from his sword attack ordeal
Gary Wainwright at home recovering from his sword attack ordeal
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A HERO Sheffield dad who almost lost an arm in a terrifying sword attack on holiday is undergoing daily physiotherapy to try to regain the movement in his limb.

The Star reported last month that Gary Wainwright, aged 53, of Wadsley Bridge, had his arm broken in four places and suffered severe nerve and muscle damage when he fended off a man wielding a sword in a bar in Tenerife.

Gary Wainwright in hospital in Tenerife after his attack

Gary Wainwright in hospital in Tenerife after his attack

He needed 178 stitches and an operation on the Spanish holiday island and has undergone further surgery in Sheffield to have nerves and ligaments from his leg grafted into his arm.

Gary, who is still recuperating from his ordeal at home, said today: “It is going to be a long road to recovery - I need physiotherapy on a daily basis to try to get the full range of movement back in my arm.

“I had surgery in Tenerife and more in Sheffield, and I have to go back to see my surgeon in April who will assess whether I need any further operations.

“A friend who was with me on holiday when this happened wrote to our local MP Angela Smith to tell her about it and to ask her to use her influence to try to get us official updates on what is happening with the investigation.

“She has got in touch with the Foreign Office on our behalf.

“We didn’t want this to get swept under the carpet by the authorities in Tenerife so we hope having an MP involved will help in the fight for justice.”

Gary, a sales manager and co-owner of the Java Lounge coffee shop in Hillsborough, was on a winter break with 27 friends and relatives when he tried to block a man who barged into a bar brandishing a three foot sword.

The father of one was repeatedly slashed with the sword during the confrontation, in the early hours of New Year’s Day.

Gary, who will be scarred for life, said the maniac had been thrown out of the bar a few minutes before returning with a sword.

A friend saved his arm by tying a belt around it to stem the loss of blood before medics arrived.