The injured student's right lung was damaged and he had to undergo brain surgery. (Symbolic)


An Indian-origin student in Australia went into a coma after being attacked. According to media reports, a suspect has been detained and is accused of assault. The injured student has not been identified and is in his early 20s. He is pursuing a master's degree at the University of Tasmania. The Sydney-based Special Broadcasting Service said the incident took place on November 5 on a campus in Tasmania and the victim suffered extradural bleeding that affected his brain.

According to reports, his right lung was damaged and he had to undergo brain surgery, a process that lasted for several hours.

Benjamin Dodge Collings, a 25-year-old resident of Lena Valley, was taken into custody by police shortly after the incident and charged with assault. The offence carries a maximum sentence of 21 years in prison.

Collings was granted bail by a magistrate and is due to respond to charges in court on December 4, including assault, providing a false address and name, resisting a police officer and driving-related offences.

Ben Wilde, media director at the University of Tasmania, said the establishment was aware of the incident.

Asked what measures the university has taken to assist the student in this difficult time, Ben Wilde said they are in regular touch with the family and have appointed a person to look after the patient in this case along with translators, liaison, accommodation and other assistance.

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