DETROIT (WWJ) – The man at the center of a brutal mob beating may finally be leaving a Detroit area hospital this week.

“Dad gets to come home on Friday!” daughter Mandi Emerick posted Tuesday afternoon on her Instagram account about Steve Utash reported the Detroit News. “He’s doing so much better! He doesn’t need a sitter in his room anymore either and he is almost back to his old self! We are overjoyed that he’s okay!

Utash, a tree-trimmer from Clinton Township, was beaten by at least six people when he stopped to check on 10-year-old David Harris, who stepped into the path of his truck on the city’s east side in early April.

Police said the mob might have killed Utash if not for the actions of Deborah Hughes, a retired nurse who saw the accident from her window and rushed to help the boy before turning her attention to shielding Utash from his attackers.

Utash has no medical insurance, and his family has set up an online fundraiser to help pay for medical bills. More than $165,000 has been raised. To contribute to the Utash fund, click here.


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