Cristiano Ronaldo shares heartwarming message for young player who nearly died in ‘one-punch attack’
Football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has sent a personal message to a young footballer who nearly died in a horrific one-stroke attack.
Danny Hodgson, 26, was reportedly attacked on September 4 near Perth train station on his way home from a football game.
He was taken to the Royal Perth Hospital with serious head injuries and underwent emergency surgery for a brain hemorrhage and skull fracture.
The promising soccer star (pictured) woke up briefly, but was again anesthetized and placed back on a ventilator after a tracheotomy
Superstar Cristiano Ronaldo sent a supportive video message wishing Danny Hodgson well
The personal trainer, originally from Cumbria in the northwest of England, suffered serious brain haemorrhages.
Mr Hodgson opened his eyes this week but had to be sedated after a tracheotomy and put back on a ventilator to protect his airway.
Cristiano Ronaldo recorded a supportive video message for Hodgson saying he hoped he would get better soon and invited him to a Manchester United game in the UK.
‘Hi Danny, I just heard about your story, I hope you get well soon. I invite you to come to one of our matches in Manchester, so get well soon, my friend,” he said in the video.
Dean Henderson, Ronaldo’s teammate and goalkeeper for the famed squad, also reached out to the 26-year-old, with whom he played early in their career at Carlisle United.
“Stay strong, stay inside, you’ll get through this, I promise,” he said.
Nicola and Peter Hodgson made a desperate flight to Perth from the UK and said it was a beautiful moment to hold their stricken boy’s hand
“I know how tough you are and you’ll be fine.
“I can’t wait to take you to a… [Manchester United] game and meet the guys. I’ve told them all about you and we’re all sitting in your corner… we wish you all the best.”
The 26-year-old’s parents, meanwhile, have finally been given permission to see their afflicted son after flying to Western Australia from the UK.
After getting a waiver, Nicola and Peter Hodgson flew to Perth to be with their son.
Danny opened his eyes this week but had to be sedated after a tracheotomy and put back on a ventilator to protect his airway.
Danny Hodgson (pictured with his partner Jessica) was knocked to the ground in an unprovoked attack
Peter Hodgson said the saga has been “very difficult,” but he believes his son will “get through” after spending time with him, PerthNow reported.
“Just to be able to touch and hold him, to hold his hand — it was beautiful,” said Peter Hodgson.
“We know it’s going to be a very long road.”
Apart from the brief moment when they touched his hand, the Hodgsons had to see him from 1.5 meters away and wear full PPE attire when visiting him.
Nicola and Peter Hodgson landed in Perth Friday afternoon at 3pm and went straight to the hotel quarantine but were then allowed to see their son
Danny’s family (pictured) back in the UK was desperate to be by his hospital bed in Perth
Mr Hodgson Snr said he realized his son had to go back on a ventilator to prevent his condition from worsening.
Football communities in England and Australia have united to raise $160,000 for the victim’s recovery.
ECU Joondalup from Mr Hodgson’s Perth team played a benefit match and raised $10,000.
The family received videos, get well wishes, prayers, candles, holy water, flowers and hundreds of messages of support.
Danny Hodgson (pictured left with partner Jessica right), 25, was attacked on Saturday night while on his way home from a season-end match in Perth
A 15-year-old boy was charged with grievous bodily harm on Wednesday for allegedly assaulting Mr Hodgson.
He faced more than 20 charges.
ECU coach Kenny Lowe, who was previously a coach in the A-League, told Perth radio station 6PR that Mr Hodgson is a ‘top guy’.
‘What happened – I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy. I can’t imagine what it does to his family to be so far away,” he said.