Injured footballer Danny Hodgson will be out of hospital for Christmas

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Injured footballer Danny Hodgson will be out of hospital for Christmas
Injured footballer Danny Hodgson will be out of hospital for Christmas. Image - Hodgson family

Footballer Danny Hodgson, who suffered major brain injuries after being punched, will be out of hospital for Christmas.

Footballer Danny Hodgson, who suffered major brain injuries after being punched, will be allowed out of hospital for Christmas.

Hodgson, 26 and originally from Cleator Moor in Cumbria, ended up in a coma when he was attacked in September in Perth, Australia.

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Hodgson, who played for Western Australian side ECU Joondalup, spent weeks in intensive care at Royal Perth Hospital following the unprovoked attack, before being moved to a rehabilitation hospital.

His parents Nicola and Peter, who have gone over to Perth to be with him, said they had been on an “unimaginable journey that no family should ever have to take.”


The family released a photograph today, Christmas Eve, of them together and wished everyone a Merry Christmas.

“Today, Danny is preparing to leave hospital for a very short time with his beautiful [partner] Jess at his side to be part of our family Christmas,” they said.

“Our heartfelt appreciation goes to the medical and rehabilitation staff at Fiona Stanley Hospital who have helped to make this possible.”


“Danny’s home visit is the most perfect gift we could ask for and all the proof we need that Christmas miracles do happen.”


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Laura is from a small seaside town in North Wales and has also lived in Liverpool and Manchester, where she studied English Literature and worked in social media and marketing. Laura moved to the city of Zaragoza last August to teach English, but after missing the coast she decided to move to beautiful Nerja to enjoy the sun and sea. Laura has a passion for animals, films, outdoor activities, writing and the environment.

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