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London Hotel Sofa Fall Man Battling For His Life Named As Alex Wright

10/11/2015 18:37 GMT | Updated 10/11/2015 20:59 GMT

The man whose face was said to have been 'ripped off' by a sofa which fell from the roof of a hotel has been named.

Alex Wright, a 23-year-old auction house worker, was walking in London's West End two week's ago when the incident occurred.

He suffered injuries so severe he has spent 11 days in a medically-induced coma after being evacuated from the scene by air ambulance.

The sofa apparently fell from the roof of the luxury W Hotel on Leicester Square on Friday October 30.

Alex Wright

Alex Wright pictured on his Facebook profile

Witnesses at the scene told The Sun they saw a man hit directly in the face leaving bystanders to spring into action to come to his aid.

The luxury hotel includes exclusive apartments which rent for as much as £10,000 per week and offer a range of amenities.

It is thought the sofa fell from scaffolding adjoining one of the luxury suites.

Wright, from Orpington south-east London, is at an east London hospital while his parents keep watch at his bedside.

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The Leicester Square W Hotel

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: "Police were called at 08.54hrs on Friday, October 30, to reports of a pedestrian injured in Wardour Street.

"At this early stage it is believed he was injured by a piece of furniture which fell from scaffolding.

"The 23-year-old man taken to an east London hospital by London's Air Ambulance.

"His condition is critical but stable. City of Westminster Council take the lead in the investigation into the incident."