Danny Hodgson: Parents of soccer star reveal RPH doctors have given him the nickname ‘Ironman’

Phil HickeyThe West Australian
Danny on the left pictured before his attack. On the right he is pictured in hospital with his father holding him.
Camera IconDanny on the left pictured before his attack. On the right he is pictured in hospital with his father holding him. Credit: The West Australian

Bashed soccer star Danny Hodgson has so amazed doctors and nurses with his recovery and fighting spirit that they have nicknamed him “Ironman.”

And in an incredible act of generosity the soccer player’s parents Nicola and Peter have revealed numerous WA businesses have carried out extensive renovations to his Perth home to assist with his long term recovery.

A heartbreaking photo was released by the Hodgson family on Thursday showing Danny in hospital being held by his father.

It comes as news emerged overnight that the 26-year-old had been moved to a rehabilitation facility at Fiona Stanley Hospital after 82 days in the intensive care unit and trauma ward at Royal Perth Hospital.

His partner Jessica Pollock, who has been by Danny’s side throughout the “rollercoaster journey”, posted the emotional update on her Instagram page on Wednesday evening.

Perth soccer player Danny Hodgson
Camera IconPerth soccer player Danny Hodgson with his partner Jess. Credit: Unknown/Supplied

The ECU Joondalup striker was allegedly punched outside Perth train station in the early hours of September 5.

He was taken to RPH where he underwent four major brain surgeries.

We are eternally grateful for the medical staff in ICU and the trauma unit who helped save Danny

Peter and Nicola Hodgson

In a statement released on Thursday his parents Nicola and Peter said their son had begun “the next stage of his long road to recovery.”

“Despite his significant injuries Danny spent every minute of those 82 days in Royal Perth fighting. He never gave up and the ICU doctors nicknamed him Ironman,” the family statement said.

“We are eternally grateful for the medical staff in ICU and the trauma unit who helped save Danny.

“Yesterday was a huge milestone for Danny and our family, but he has a long way to go.

“He must learn to swallow, drink, eat and eventually talk again and that is just the beginning.

“His physical rehabilitation will be gruelling, and we know that for every tiny step forward there is likely to be setbacks.

Nicola Hodgson and Peter Hodgson, the parents of one punch victim and soccer star Danny Hodgson, are attending the ECU Joondalup v Adelaide Olympic FC fundraising match for their son at Dorrien Gardens in Perth. Pictured are Nicola and Peter at the match. Picture - Justin Benson-Cooper / The West Australian
Camera IconNicola Hodgson and Peter Hodgson. Credit: Justin Benson-Cooper/The West Australian

“But we believe in Danny’s strong spirit and with the support of his wonderful girlfriend Jess, his family, and his friends, we know he can slowly and painstakingly move forward.”

The Hodgson’s said the love and support of the WA public and the kindness of strangers continued to amaze them.

They said the company their son worked for, Solaire Connect, had been left shocked and deeply saddened by what happened and wanted to do something to help.

“So quietly and without fanfare they put the word out that some work needs to be done at their house to ensure it is ready for the day he can finally return to the home,” his parents said.

“In an amazing act of generosity, suppliers and trades have come together to gift Danny and Jess the installation of a solar energy system, solar panels, ducted air-conditioning and a heat pump to assist with his long term recovery.

“We want to thank Solaire Connect, Dave Mouritz Air Conditioning, Advantage Air, Enviroheat, Air Direct, Scott Milner and David Neuwen.

“You are proof that Christmas angels do exist.”

A teenage boy - who cannot be identified for legal reasons - has been charged over the alleged assault on Mr Hodgson.

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