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Danny Hodgson: Teenager, 17, admits to horrific one-punch attack that put a talented soccer player, 25, in hospital fighting for his life for 82 days – even getting messages of support from Ronaldo Wiki, Bio, Accident

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Who is Danny Hodgson ?

Danny Hodgson, 26, was leaving Perth’s financial district with his teammates when he was struck from behind without warning near the Perth train station in the early hours of September 5.


September 19, 1995 (age 26 years) Current team: ECU Joondalup SC (Forward)

Induced coma for 17 days

Hodgson was in an induced coma for 17 days and spent more than 50 days in the intensive care unit at Royal Perth Hospital after being attacked in front of a train station on September 5.

Soccer player Danny Hodgson in ICU, left, and on the soccer field.

The talented footballer, who was a forward for ECU Joondalup in the National Premier Leagues WA, was celebrating the end of the season when he was attacked in the unprovoked attack.

After being punched, he fell backward and hit his head on the ground .

His parents, Nicola and Peter Hodgson, flew to WA from the UK to be at his bedside in ICU, but first had to spend 14 days in hotel quarantine.

Since then, Hodgson has been transferred from the ICU to a rehab unit at Fiona Stanley Hospital.

A man at a restaurant table, holding a drink,  sat next to a blonde-haired woman also a drink.

‘Tears of happiness’

The day he was transferred to rehab, his girlfriend posted an emotional message on Instagram.

“What an amazing feeling on this roller coaster ride we’ve had, knowing that this is where Danny will improve,” she wrote.

“Such an emotional day.

“We have cried, but tears of happiness.”

In a statement, Hodgson’s parents, Nicola and Peter, said the teenager’s confession had closed a small chapter in his horrific journey.

“While we cannot comment on the court proceedings, nothing compares to the nightmare our son Danny has been through, or the ongoing challenges he now faces in painstakingly rebuilding his life,” he reads.

“We must allow the judicial process to continue and at this stage we choose to focus all of our energy on our son and the recovery he so deserves.”

Ms. Hodgson posted a progress update on her Facebook on November 25 after her son left ICU.

“Thank you to each and every one of you who wished Danny the best and prayed for him to come this far, you have been our strength and this has been passed on to Danny Hodgson every day,” he said.

“As a family, we are so proud of how far he has come when all odds were against him never waking up.

“We are ready for the next chapter in Danny’s long road to recovery at Fiona Stanley’s rehab and thank you all for his continued love, prayers and support.”

She said his son must learn to swallow, drink and eat again, in the home that he will finally speak again.

“Your physical rehabilitation of him will be grueling, and we know that for every little step forward there are likely to be setbacks,” he said.

Quick Facts

  • 17-year-old boy pleads guilty to horrific one-punch attack on Danny Hodgson, 25 
  • The September 5 attack left Mr Hodgson fighting for his life in intensive care
  • His family confirmed Mr Hodgson has been moved to Fiona Stanley Hospital
  • They said he will now learn how to ‘swallow, drink, eat and eventually talk again’ 

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