The condition of Buxton man John Peacock – who was left fighting for his life after an alleged assault in the town – is slowly improving.
Mr Peacock, 53, of Bath Road, was found unconscious outside the London Road Inn at about 10.30pm on Saturday, September 12.
Police said he had suffered a serious head injury.
Mr Peacock was taken to hospital in Salford where he spent several days in an induced coma and on a life-support machine.
Speaking to the Buxton Advertiser on Tuesday morning, Mr Peacock’s stepdaughter Rebecca Green said: “It’s still very early days but he’s showing signs of improvement.
“He’s off his life-support machine and he’s breathing for himself.
“I went to see him with my mum (Mr Peacock’s partner Lorraine) the other day and he seemed to know what we were saying.
“His speech is very slurred, he’s still being tube fed and he’s on oxygen.
“It’s awful seeing him like this and we’re taking each day as it comes.
“We’d like to thank everyone for their kind words and support at this difficult time.”
Two Buxton men, aged 41 and 49, were arrested on suspicion of assault after the incident.
They were questioned and released on bail pending further enquiries.
A Derbyshire police spokesman said: “Officers believe the victim may have been involved in an argument with a group of men and are appealing for witnesses to come forward.”
Witnesses or anyone with information about the alleged assault should call police on 101, quoting incident number 825 of September 12, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.