STUART Willcock said he wouldn't like to say what he would do if he got his hands on the person who bashed his son with a baseball bat early on Sunday morning.
His son Kyle Beaumont was recovering from a badly fractured skull, a broken hand and other injuries in Royal Brisbane Hospital yesterday.
Mr Willcock said his son's female friend, who Kyle was staying the night with, was in a worse condition.
She was fighting for her life after being attacked with a baseball bat and stabbed multiple times.
Mr Willcock said his son woke to the sound of someone breaking in the back door of the Straun Cres home about 4am.
He jumped up to try and intervene but at just 70kg he was no match for an intruder with a baseball bat.
"He was levelled with the bat," Mr Willcock said.
The proud father said his son got back on his feet three times to try to stop the intruder but each time he tried to get up he got knocked back down with the bat.
After Kyle was unable to fight on, the intruder turned his attack on the female home owner, allegedly bashing her with the bat and stabbing her about 10 times while her children escaped and ran for help.
Mr Willcock said he and his son were new to Gympie and had recently bought the locksmith business Gympie Lock and Key.
"I think he is bit of a hero," Mr Willcock said.
Yesterday, Kyle was still very sick but was slowly getting better and communicating with his family.
"It's a good sign," Mr Willcock said.
The family is more worried about Kyle's friend, as she is still listed as critical.
"We are very concerned about her, but she is in the right place," he said.
Mr Willcock thanked his customers and community for being so supportive.
"Gympie is still a great town, the people have been fantastic," he said.
"We want to build our business here."