I just wanted to thank you all for all of your kind wishes and prayers for my brother.
I talked to him late this morning and got a more complete story.
It was pretty much how my mother relayed it, except it was 3 guys in a car. When my brother was leaving his girlfriend's house, a car with 3 young guys pulled up.
One of the guys got out and started pounding on girlfriend's door. Brother got out of his car and asked the kid what he wanted. The kid got belligerent and went the "What the f*ck is it to you?" route. My brother explained who he was and asked him again what he wanted.
The kid said he was looking for XXXX. Brother steered him down the sidewalk (not physically) and pointed out the unit where XXXX lived. His girlfriend came out of the apartment and was standing in the doorway watching.
At this time, the kid said, "Look man, no hard feelings," and put his hand out to shake. When my brother shook his hand the kid wouldn't let go. Suddenly the kid's 2 friends got out of the car and approached girlfriend. My brother yanked his hand away and turned up the walk to intercept them. That's when the kid came up behind him and hit him.
Anyway, the kid was arrested, and has quite the rap sheet for assault (he's 20).
Weirdly enough, after my brother got out of the hospital yesterday and had seen the first eye specialist, he and girlfriend were at Walgreens picking up prescriptions. My brother was paying for them at the pharmacy, and he heard a commotion and yelling at the front of the store.
By the time he got there, his girlfriend was standing in the parking lot yelling, "Yeah, you run, you cowardly little *&*^%$!!!!" Apparently the kid and his MOM walked into Walgreens (he'd obviously just been bailed out) and brother's girlfriend got medieval all over their a**es.
So on the eyeball front---it seems the kid hit him in the one place that could do maximum damage. If it had been a centimeter to the left or right it wouldn't have been so bad.
He can see shapes and shadows out of the eye. The muscles slipped below the fracture and are compressed by bone, so his eye is paralyzed. He saw the reconstructive specialist today, and will probably have the surgery tomorrow. But since he's got mom, girlfriend and his kindly neighbor, he doesn't feel like he needs another female (meaning me) hovering over him.
He's already in enough pain. Snerk.
Thanks again for all your healing thoughts! I really really appreciate it!