A teenager was left with a fractured skull and permanent brain damage after her boyfriend nearly beat her to death. Megan McPartlin, 18, has bravely spoken out about the horrific injuries inflicted by her ex Aaron Worthington, 23. They were celebrating New Year’s Eve at their home when he knocked Megan unconscious and punched her to a pulp. Megan couldn’t walk after the attack and suffered three brain injuries, fractures to her right eye and face and a bleed on the brain. It took surgeons five hours to remove pieces of her broken skull and replace it with a metal plate, saving her life. Seven months later, the brave carer says she is still in pain and can feel the metal screws in her head.
She believes she’s ‘lucky to be alive’ but wants other victims of abusive relationships to know that ‘there is light at the end of the tunnel’. Remembering the brutal attack at their home in Chorley, Lancashire, she told Metro.co.uk: ‘It was 5am on New Year’s Day and we’d been drinking. ‘He hit me once and I kicked him. He hit me again and it all went black. ‘Then I woke up and he wouldn’t get me an ambulance, he was calling me “dramatic”. ‘Then my neighbour came round and called one. It turned out I had a bleed on the brain and had hours on my life.’ Worthington was arrested after Megan’s family phoned the police from her bedside in hospital.
He was jailed for 27 months at Preston Crown Court last month after pleading guilty to grievous bodily harm (GBH) without intent. Worthington was convicted of a Section 20 offence, which carries the lowest maximum sentence of the two GBH charges. Megan slammed the sentence as ‘pathetic’ and fears he will be let out as soon as next year, although the Crown Prosecution Service could not confirm this. She said: ‘The justice system is an absolute joke. I don’t know why there is one. ‘People get sent down for drugs for God knows how long and somebody who nearly killed an 18-year-old girl from three brain injuries has got this sentence. It’s pathetic.’ She added: ‘What if I had died? It’s like my life is only worth a couple of months.’
Megan says her brain injuries affect ‘every aspect’ of her life. She said: ‘Sometimes when I’m talking I’ll forget what I was saying. I can’t smell like I used to or taste. ‘The doctors said my senses will never come back but hopefully they will. ‘I have a massive scar all the way from the right side of my head down to the back. You can see the stitches in my pictures. ‘It makes you stronger going through something like this but I’m so lucky, if it was a few centimetres deeper I could have just died. ‘The surgeons told me the force of it was worse than injuries people get in car crashes.’
Megan added: ‘They expected me to be in a vegetative state for 12 weeks but I was lucky. ‘I did have some complications at the beginning. I couldn’t walk for a while, but I built up my strength quite well because of my age. ‘I still have pains. I’ve lost vision in my right eye. Everything is affected. When I do too much I feel the pressure and the screws in my head. They stick out. ‘I don’t have a human head anymore and I never will.’ Megan was 16 when she met Aaron and they were in a relationship for two and a half years. It didn’t start out violent but within a year, smacks started turning into punches. She said she now knows he was manipulating her, but she felt ‘trapped’ at the time.