Wait: Fady Taiba in hospital.
The last 16 days have been the longest the Taiba family have had to endure. Each afternoon, they have visited Fady Taiba in hospital, desperately hoping for a twitch, a smile or any small sign that life may be returning to the cheeky face of their father, husband and brother.
Mr Taiba, known as Fred to his large circle of friends and family, has not woken from a coma since he was king-hit almost three weeks ago when he refused an investment banker entry to a George Street bar.
James Longworth, 32, has been charged over the assault outside Bar333, where Mr Taiba worked as a security guard to supplement his day job as a first aid instructor, so he could earn enough for his four talented sons to go to good schools and take part in everything from swimming to dancing.
Doctors removed part of his skull to alleviate pressure on his brain but he is fighting for his life. A machine is helping him breathe and he has been in a serious condition for 16 days.
His doctors don't know if he will come out of the coma and his family have been given no prognosis - it could be weeks or months until they know the extent of his injuries.
''Honestly we just don't know and that's what's so hard,'' sister Tess Taiba said. ''It's just killed us all, the whole family.''
''We can only wait,'' Mr Taiba's 17-year-old son, Adam, said. ''My life has turned upside down. It has been the worst three weeks of my life but I'm staying strong and positive because dad would want me to.''
Mr Longworth allegedly punched Mr Taiba, 43, once to the right side of his head at 10pm on a Friday, causing him to fall backwards and hit his head on a tiled floor.
The banker, who lives with his mother on the lower north shore, told a court earlier this month: ''It is a very, very silly reason but he made fun of me. I'd had too much to drink and I just snapped.''
He was released on bail after his mother put up more than $1 million surety, including the title deeds to their Middle Cove home.
''Part of his bail conditions should have been to come and see [Fred's] four children and the effect it's had on us all,'' Tess Taiba said. ''Look at all of us, we're a mess. His elderly father is an absolute mess.''
Mr Taiba's wife, Danielle, has been too distraught to talk, instead posting heartbreaking messages on a Facebook page that has been set up to support her husband.
''I am alone and empty,'' she wrote. ''I need you more than ever. Our life is not over as we have so many more dreams to share together.''
Despite the wait for news, Adam accompanied his aunts Tess and Mariam Taiba to the launch of the Thomas Kelly Youth Foundation at the Star casino during the week.
Mr Taiba's family have joined the Kellys' fight against alcohol-fuelled violence and senseless king-hits.
More than a year has passed since Thomas Kelly, 18, was fatally king-hit on his first night out in Kings Cross and Sydneysiders are still throwing punches that can kill.
Simon Cramp, 26, was king-hit in an unprovoked attack in July but, miraculously, made a full recovery after being ''minutes from death'', according to his doctors.
Maroubra banker Matthew Blackmore, 33, was also lucky to escape with a broken nose and fractured vertebrae after another unprovoked king-hit on George Street in July.
He was discharged from hospital last month and has ongoing memory loss.
Mariam Taiba said: ''I saw the Kellys on TV and thought, 'Oh that's sad.' I saw the Cramps on TV and thought, 'Oh that's sad.' Ralph [Kelly] said to us - and it's so true - 'You never thought that would happen to you, did you?' It's like you're in a nightmare.''
Adam is putting together a presentation to educate fellow students about the consequences of alcohol-fuelled violence.
''My dad is an example of what should not have to happen to anyone,'' Adam said. ''I want to help out … so no family goes through what my family has. To be honest, no family should ever have to go through this.''