(fashion) A father who spent 17 days in a coma after a random attack has revealed the bizarre way his body reacted during his miracle recovery.
Noel Stowers woke up thinking he was Basil from the sitcom Fawlty Towers after he was punched on a Melbourne dance floor on December 3 2017.
The attack also left him without his sense of taste and smell.
Mr Stowers, from Sydney, had traveled to Melbourne to support 25 teams from his business to run a pub trivia event.
And after enjoying some food and drinks, he was knocked from behind by a stranger.
'That was the last thing I remember from the night,' Mr Stowers told Daily Mail Australia.
'It was unprovoked, I was unprepared.'
Mr Stowers (pictured) had traveled to Melbourne to support 25 teams from his business that had come from various states to run a pub trivia event when he was attacked
The father-of-two hit the ground unconscious and his staff quickly called an ambulance.
He was taken to The Alfred Hospital and placed into an induced coma for 17 days.
The fall broke a bone in his left ear, and the force of the blow broke his eye socket and filled his brain with blood.
His family were warned to expect the worst and that their loved one might die.
Mr Stowers, 49, said it was devastating for his daughter Emma, 16, and son Luke, 17, to hear the news they may never see their father again.
'There were times they were informed that I might not come back. That this could be it,' he said.
'I was totally unprepared. If I was a boxer- and I had entered flight or fight mode- the blood would have left my brain. Because I was relaxed and unprepared everything was worse so there was a lot of bleeding. '
On the 18th day, health care professionals gradually brought the business owner back to life.
To his family's distress, Mr Sowers awoke in a state of confusion- sometimes mistaking which country he was in, and during one notable moment- behaving like Basil Fawlty from British sitcom, Fawlty towers.
Mr Stowers (pictured) 49, told Daily Mail Australia 'It's beyond comprehensible' how daughter Emma, 16, and son Luke, 17, managed to cope with processing the news that their father may not make it
He spent five to six weeks in hospital, before was transferred to Caulfield hospital for a month.
With a long road ahead, Mr Stowers was finally flown back to Sydney and said that it was during that stage that he began to process everything that had happened.