Footballer fights for life ‘drastically downhill’

Footballer fights for life ‘drastically downhill’

The parents of ECU Joondalup SC star Danny Hodgson have revealed their son’s condition has gone “drastic downhill” as he fights for his life after being the victim of an alleged unsolicited assault.

Hodgson has been in intensive care at the Royal Perth Hospital after being allegedly attacked at Perth train station on September 5.

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Just under two weeks ago, Danny’s mother, Nicola, revealed that her son had opened his eyes but insisted that “the future is uncertain and we must continue this journey day by day, sometimes hour by hour”.

But since then his condition has deteriorated.

Ms Hodgson shared the heartbreaking update in a Facebook post.

“Sorry we’ve been so quiet, everyone,” Ms Hodgson wrote.

“But since last week when Danny made so much progress and we had the most amazing days with him, on Friday he took a turn for the worst (sic) that he went drastically downhill.

Hodgson spent a month in the ICU at the Royal Perth Hospital. Photo: FacebookSource: Facebook

“Danny has had more brain haemorrhages and more emergency surgeries in recent days.

“Danny had to be put back into an artificial coma to try and rest his body and brain.

“Obviously we are distraught at how far he has deteriorated in such a short time, but we ask all of you to pray for him or send positive thoughts because we need them now more than ever.”

Hodgson’s parents arrived in Australia after his mother posted a desperate appeal on Facebook requiring plane tickets to visit their son in Australia. The post has been shared more than 7,000 times.

dr. WA Chief Health Officer Andrew Robertson allowed them to fly to Western Australia over the international flight limit, and the parents are nearing the end of their quarantine period at the hotel.

Hodgson moved to Perth when he was 18. Photo: FacebookSource: Facebook

A 15-year-old boy was charged with grievous bodily harm over Hodgson’s assault.

The Perth Children’s Court was told the boy also faced 24 charges in an alleged crime wave that began in February before he allegedly assaulted Hodgson at Perth train station.

Hodgson plays for National Premier League WA club ECU Joondalup SC and was awarded the golden boot as the league’s best goalscorer in 2020.

He moved to Perth at the age of 18 after spending time with English League Two team Carlisle United.

There is a tremendous outpouring of support from the WA and the global football community for Hodgson and his family.

A recovery fund set up for Hodgson on GoFundMe has raised more than $160,000, with contributions from England internationals Dean Henderson and Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

ECU Joondalup SC also played a benefit match against A-League Men’s outfit Perth Glory on September 21, raising $10,000 with the event.

Hodgson played for NPL WA side ECU Joondalup SC in 2020 and won the Golden Shoe Award. Photo: FacebookSource: Facebook

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