The mum of a teenage boy found in a Dundee street with severe injuries is keeping a round-the-clock vigil at his bedside.
She, along with other family members, has been with the 17-year-old since he was taken to Ninewells Hospital after being found in Adelaide Place, in the Dudhope area of the city, early on Saturday morning.
A family friend said the boy’s mum was too distressed to speak to the media herself, but added she was keeping a bedside vigil in hospital along with relatives.
The friend told the Tele: “His mum is in a terrible state.
“She remains with her boy in Ninewells where he is in a coma, but they are hoping he wakes up soon.
“Right now, they are taking it one day at a time. The family is also working with the police and hoping to get an explanation soon. The family is trying to remain positive.
“This is a devastating thing to have happened — especially at this time of year.”
Meanwhile, police are continuing their probe into how the youngster, who was discovered by a taxi driver, came to be injured.
Adelaide Place was cordoned off for the scene to be investigated after the teen was found at around 5.30am on Saturday.
Wheelie bins were laid on the road to cover clothing that was cut from the youth by paramedics.
Scenes of crime officers in white suits were in the area all day on Saturday and returned to the area the following day.
Locals were said to be in the dark as to what happened.
It’s understood police are still trying to determine if anything criminal has taken place.
In a continued plea for information, Detective Inspector Keith Duncan urged anyone who was in the Adelaide Place, Lawton Road, Byron Street or Strathmartine Road areas in the early hours of Saturday to come forward.
He said: “Inquiries are ongoing as to how this man came to be injured.
“Anyone with any information should get in touch with us.
“The injured man is described as wearing grey jogging bottoms and a dark grey hooded top.
“Anyone who saw him in the area can contact police on 101, quoting incident number 1072 of 23/12.”