London Colney man "broken in half" in alleged attack

PUBLISHED: 10:30 21 May 2009 | UPDATED: 14:07 06 May 2010

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A YOUNG man was left fighting for his life after being allegedly run over outside his home in a village street. Michael Doody, aged 24, of London Colney, sustained severe injuries including a broken leg and 17 fractures to his pelvis in the incident in R

A YOUNG man was left fighting for his life after being allegedly run over outside his home in a village street.

Michael Doody, aged 24, of London Colney, sustained severe injuries including a broken leg and 17 fractures to his pelvis in the incident in Reed Close on Wednesday May 6.

He was in surgery for more than seven hours on Tuesday afternoon at the major trauma unit at Charing Cross Hospital for which he was given a 60 to 70 per cent chance of survival.

His mother Polly Havard, aged 48, has been at his bedside since the alleged attack.

Polly said: "He was broken in half, he can't breathe properly on his own and there is scaffolding holding him together."

Following Michael's operation, a metal clamp holding his pelvis together will be in place for six weeks and he now has a permanent metal rod in his leg. He will be at Charing Cross for another week before being moved back to Watford General Hospital.

St Albans MP Anne Main said: "It appears that my constituent, Michael Doody, has been the victim of a horrific attack. I will be writing to the police regarding this terrible incident and will report back on the reply received."

An 18-year-old man from Wallsall was arrested in Colney Heath on Friday May 8 and was subsequently charged with grievous bodily harm with intent. Another man was arrested but released without charge.

Magistrates granted the accused conditional bail on Saturday May 9 which restricts him to one address in Wallsall and he has to report to his local police station twice a week.

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