by: Tony Thomas Updated:
VILLA RICA, Ga. - A Carroll County man is talking for the first time since being attacked at a Villa Rica bar and spending a week in a coma.
Chase Mayfield sat down with Channel 2's Tony Thomas to talk about his recovery and what he remembers about that April 15 evening.
"The only thing I do remember is going there and sitting down," Mayfield told Thomas. "I've tried to go back and remember but I just can't."
Mayfield said he does remember a brief encounter with one of the men police would later say attacked him as he left the Stix Bar and Grille on Bankhead Highway.
"He smiled and we shook each other's hand and that's the first time we ever spoke to each other," Mayfield said.
"And at some point you went outside. Do you remember any of that?" Thomas asked.
"I do not. I don't remember none of it," Mayfield responded.
Police and witnesses said as the 21-year-old father of two walked out of Stix, three men attacked him, beating and kicking him until he lost consciousness.
police charged Michael Ray Baldwin, 37, Gregory George Rainwater, 34, and Alvin Eugene Norris, 36, with aggravated assault and aggravated battery. All three men have since bonded out of jail.
"How much has your life changed since that night?" Thomas asked Mayfield.
"It's changed a lot. I used to be a really hard worker and a great easy-going guy," Mayfield replied.
Now, he needs 24-hour care and said he is in constant pain. His brother rushed him to the emergency room earlier this week because the pain in his head became so severe.
"He's got some spots where the fractures were. All his teeth are loose," Mayfield's brother, Cody Mayfield, said.
At one point while Chase was in a coma, his family worried he wouldn't make it.
"It did cross my head, you know, what outfit are we going to bury him in? What kind of casket are we going to buy?" Cody Mayfield said.
Chase has been reading newspaper accounts of the attack and viewing TV reports to try and jog his memory.
"He does have a lot of memory loss but what he does remember is good because he remembers friends and family and his kids and stuff. He was doing good up to date," Cody Mayfield said.
"I'm disgusted with it all. I don't see why that would have to be done with somebody like that," Chase Mayfield said about the attack. "I'm just going to keep positive about everything and just keep going with my life. It's all I really can do. "
A large community fundraiser and time to meet Chase has been set up for June 8 at the Mill Amphitheater in Villa Rica.
The event is planned for 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Door prizes are going to be given away.
The family hopes it can be a time for Chase to say thank you to all the people who have prayed for him and offered the family support for the big medical bills they now face.
"I do appreciate everybody's support and everybody being there for me," Chase said.
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