A "caring and kind-hearted" man who sought refuge in Norfolk, has died at the age of 25. 

Tomas Pontezis was born in Lithuania but moved to the UK six years ago to escape homophobia and search for a better life. 

He had lived in Great Yarmouth with his fiancé Stephen Button until a fall in January left him with serious brain damage.

Mr Pontenzis, who struggled with alcohol, was airlifted to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge where a brain bleed was discovered and he was placed into an induced coma.

When he woke up he was unable to move anything but his eyes or communicate with anyone.

Eastern Daily Press: Tomas was 25 years old Tomas was 25 years old (Image: Stephen Button)

Although he was showing signs of improvement, he contracted various infections including sepsis.

He died on Thursday, November 16 - just 12 weeks after doctors told him there was a good chance he would recover. 

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Mr Button said: "I am totally devastated.

"Last Christmas Tomas said he wanted a normal life and a future with me without alcohol and had set the wheels in motion but sadly this tragedy happened before he could start.

"He also applied for permanent settlement in the UK as he was only on a temporary one - and I actually got confirmation that this had been approved the day after he died.

Eastern Daily Press: Tomas had wanted to create a better future with his fianceTomas had wanted to create a better future with his fiance (Image: Stephen Button)

"Tomas was the most caring and kind-hearted person I knew but was misunderstood by many - he would do anything for anybody.

"To give you an example, if we saw a homeless person in the street he would always say 'can we get them a sandwich and a hot drink?'.

"Before the accident he told me his biggest fear was to die young but it was out of his hands."

Mr Button added that travelling to and from the hospital and taking time off work had left him "in a financial mess".

He is now fundraising to give his fiancé "the final goodbye that he deserves".

The GoFundMe page currently sits at £90 of its £4,000 target.

Donations can be made at gofundme.com/f/tomas-pontezis.