Determined Adam Bell – who was moments from death after being punched in a random attack five years ago – has been given compensation for his injuries.
Mr Bell, then 17, suffered two breaks in his skull, a facial fracture and bleeding on the brain after being punched by a youth.
He was hospitalised for two months following the attack and suffered severe brain damage.
Surgeons had to remove the front of his skull in an emergency operation to ease the deadly pressure on his swollen brain.
Mr Bell, now 22, from Ackworth, has now received a “significant settlement” from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA).
He said: “The last five years have been challenging and have changed my life completely. At times I didn’t think I’d get to where I am now.
“It’s frightening to think of the injuries I suffered but I am proud I have battled through it and am able to achieve success.”
Mr Bell was studying for his A levels at Pontefract’s NEW College at the time of the attack and hoped to study law at the University of Leeds.
His injuries meant his grades suffered, though he gained a place at the University of Hull from where he graduated earlier this year with a degree in criminology with law.
He said: “My family, medical staff and the university have been fantastic and their support has been so important in my recovery.”
Sarah Brumpton, from Irwin Mitchell solicitors which has dealt with Mr Bell’s case, said: “Adam suffered from horrendous injuries due to the incident and his prognosis wasn’t good but he has exceeded all the doctors’ expectations.
“The settlement secured will provide Adam with the lifelong care and rehabilitation he needs.”