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A dad has considered cutting off his own arm in a desperate bid to end his excruciating pain after a savage attack left him disabled.
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Devastated Michael Smith, 30, is now unable to look after his eight-week-old baby daughter and needs help to dress himself after yobs crushed his left arm in a random assault in Hull city centre.
He told the Hull Daily Mail : "I read about this man who went to his B&Q and got all the equipment and just cut his own arm off.
"He then burned the stump, and that's seriously what I'm considering.
"I feel like cutting it off. The pain is unbearable. I can't help but cry. It's excruciating."
Michael's arm was already weakened because it was held together by pins following a car accident in 2004. But after the attack, the pins are now poking through his skin and his arm is in a 'zig-zag' shape from the wrist.
He said the state of his arm has got increasingly worse since the savage attack.
He said: "I got jumped by two men as I was walking to my mum’s in Great Thornton Street last October. They never caught who it was, and they stamped on my head and broke my cheekbone.
"The cheekbone was actually halfway up my head and they completely crushed my arm. I don't know why they did it, I was just randomly attacked."
Michael, who now relies on his partner Shonna Morris, to help him carry out day-to-day tasks, said he has not been able to help care for and play with his little girl.
He said: "I can’t cuddle my baby properly because I’m worried I’ll drop her. I can’t change her by myself or feed her, or wind her properly.
"I can't play with my daughter."
He also cannot feed himself, or even relieve himself, without help.
He said: "I can’t go to the toilet by myself, I can’t dress myself on my own and I have to have my food cut up for me.
"It’s embarrassing, I’m a 30-year-old man and I need to be looked after like a baby."
For Michael, the physical difficulties are in addition to the depression and paranoia he has suffered since the assault.
He added: "What's happened to my arm is on top of feeling paranoid to go out after the attack.
"I have to take my partner with me if I go out, I’m paranoid all the time.
"Now I can't hold my baby it's made me more depressed than I was before."