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Friday, February 20, 2009

Savouring every sip

Drinking a cup of coffee is a simple pleasure Niu Hopokingi doesn’t take for granted.

The Green Bay resident has just regained his sense of taste, almost seven years after a brutal beating which robbed him of his taste, smell and vision.

The 46-year-old was bashed to within an inch of his life outside Te Atatu’s Cosmos Dart Club in May 2002.

He remembers walking to his car after winning a game of darts – then everything went blank.

Mr Hopokingi woke up in the critical care unit of Auckland Hospital seven days later.

"I was in a coma for a week," he says. (full article...)
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