AN INNOCENT Solihull pensioner had his jaw broken in a brutal, unprovoked attack after a vicious thug asked him for a cigarette.
Medics were concerned that Michael Wragg, from Rectory Gardens, would choke to death on his own blood after a facial artery was severed and his jaw bone broken from chin to ear by the violent yob last Tuesday (May 22).
The 69-year-old had been waiting on Digbeth High Street for the 37 bus, after an evening at the theatre, when a car pulled up at around 10.45pm and the passenger got out and asked him for a cigarette.
I said Im sorry Im not a smoker, I cant help you and then he hit me, said the grandfather.
It was completely unprovoked. One punch to the jaw. It was agony.
Mr Wragg called the emergency services, who rushed him to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, where he would spend the next four days.
They were afraid I would choke to death on the blood, he said.
The attack has left Mr Wragg, who lives alone, with a metal plate put in his jaw Its also likely hell be permanently scarred.
Medics also had to remove several teeth and tie up the damaged artery.
The retired credit manager is unable to eat solid food for the next six to eight weeks and said the simplest of movements would leave him in terrible pain.
I cant really leave the house, even turning my head is very painful.
Mr Wragg said he had been left feeling extremely angry.
Im not a bitter or vindictive person but I want him behind bars, not just for me but for the safety of others.
The attacker is described a black, with a strong Birmingham accent, in his mid-late twenties, around 510 and of medium build.
A police spokesman confirmed the attack had taken place but said local CCTV footage had been unable to identify the offenders.
Anyone with any information should contact police on non-emergency number 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.