A man who suffered a broken leg and ankle after being attacked in Doncaster town centre said his injuries were so severe medics feared he would have to have his foot amputated.
David Masters was pushed to the ground on Silver Street during a night out after coming to the defence of two teenagers who were being bullied.
Mr Masters compared the force of the impact on his leg to being ‘hit by a sledgehammer’.
The 36-year-old, who suffers from Asperger’s syndrome, said he faces a six-month recovery after breaking his leg in two places, breaking his ankle and rupturing ligaments.
Mr Masters had to undergo an operation to have two screws and a metal plate fitted, but medics told him it could have been a lot worse.
He said: “I couldn’t believe it when I saw the X-rays and realised how bad it was, I could tell from the look on the doctors faces it was serious.
“When they told me if it was left for more than a day we could have been looking at amputation or a prosthetic limb I couldn’t believe it.
“I’m a very active person, I like to keep fit and ride my bike, so that would have been devastating.”
The incident happened in the early hours of Sunday, May 31, as Mr Master was going to a takeaway after a night out with friends.
He said: “I was going to get a snack after a night out and I saw a man basically bullying a couple of teenagers so I stepped in.
“The man starting shouting abuse at me and the next thing I knew he charged into me with his full force and I fell to the ground.
“My legs were planted at the time and when I hit the floor the force was like being hit with a slegehammer. I was just in a state of shock and I went into the foetal position to try and protect myself,
“I don’t know if he kicked me when I was on the floor as I was in so much shock at the time.
“I didn’t realise the extent of the damage.”
Mr Masters says he is also considering taking legal action after being unhappy with the treatment he received at Doncaster Royal infirmary.
He claims the second cast he had on his leg was put on incorrectly and has set his recovery back.
“It was healing really well until that happened,” he said. “I intend to speak to a solicitor about it.”
A Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals Trust spokesman said: “Feedback is important to us. We recommend patients who want to talk to us about the service they have received contact our Patient Advice and Liaison Service so we can fully investigate and take appropriate actions to resolve the matter satisfactorily.”
The Pals team can be contacted on 01302 366666, extension 3701.
Police are investigating the attack on Mr Masters. Anyone with information is asked to call them on 101.