After breaking into Joe Sharpe’s house on Moor Green Lane (Moseley), two masked men punched and kicked him brutally.
The couple were looking to steal an Audi S4 parked in their driveway and shouted at him, “Where are the keys, brother?”
But the engine belonged to his friend who took the keys with him on a visit to London, Birmingham Live reports.
The vehicle has since been sold by Mr. Sharpe’s boyfriend because he was so “distraught” by the circumstances surrounding the retiree’s attack.
The four-year-old grandfather suffered injuries to his spine, pelvis and both hips. He also suffered brain bleeding from kicking in the face.
Mr Sharpe said: “I was totally confused and thought I was daydreaming until the pain was felt.
“Before they even asked for keys, I was getting beaten up anyway. They were there with me for about five or six minutes.
“I thought I was having a nightmare, which I was. I thought I was going to die on the ground. I had no one to help me.
“I was already unconscious so I could try them. I was struck by both.
The retired electrician, who had his sound and disco lighting business set up, said he was sleeping in his bed between 1:20 a.m. and 1:45 a.m. when the attack happened last Thursday , September 23.
“The first thing I knew was that I was pulled out of bed by my right arm and put on the floor,” he said.
“I was asked ‘Where are the fucking keys?’ I said I didn’t have the keys. I tried to explain but they were skeptical. I think that’s the reason I got kicked.
“I think they were young. They asked me “where are the keys, brother?” They didn’t talk much, but that’s the only thing I noticed.
“Although they have been vague about the pain, it is very real. The pain is real. I want them to be caught.
He added: “One of the men in the background got a little scared because I remember someone saying ‘let’s get out of here’.
“I don’t know if it was me who was a little brave in yelling back or if the guy thought I was getting too much (of a beating), I don’t know.”
According to Mr Sharpe, he could stay in Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham for six weeks depending on how his body responds to the treatment.
His son Tony Sharpe, 56, said: “I read a lot of supportive posts for Dad from people he knows and even people he doesn’t know.
“He’s a lot more comfortable and faster than he was. He feels the love that all this has brought him. While all of this is of great help, the road to recovery will belong.
Mr. Sharpe’s friend was so traumatized by the attack that he sold his Audi car.
“The guy whose car it was already sold it. His father’s friend and he was so upset that he got rid of him, ”he said.
“He said every time he did it he said all he could think of was my dad, so he got shot.” He was upset.
“It is possible to replace the vehicle if they had stolen it, but dad cannot undo what happened.
“The only thing that can give him any comfort in the whole situation is that these guys are caught and sentenced. Hopefully this will happen.
Anyone with information about the incident can contact West Midlands Police via live chat or call 101. You can also cite criminal reference 20/1757136/21.