Mother of former Carlisle United footballer who survived one-punch attack returns to UK

25/11/21. Danny Hodsgson with his father Peter in Perth, Western Australia. Family handout.
Danny Hodgson, originally from Cleator Moor in Cumbria, was in a coma after an unprovoked one-punch attack in Perth, Australia, in September 2021. Credit: ITV News

The mother and siblings of a footballer who suffered brain injuries after being punched in Australia have returned to the UK after months by his side.

Danny Hodgson, 26, spent 186 days in hospital after he was attacked at Perth train station in an unprovoked assault in September 2021.

The single punch left Danny in a coma with catastrophic brain injuries. He has been learning to walk ever since.

Danny Hodgson was playing for Australian side ECU Joondalup when he was attacked. Credit: BTV

A teenager, who can't be named for legal reasons, was jailed for the attack in March.

His parents flew out to Australia a few weeks after the incident and have been by his side during this recovery.

Danny's mother, Nicola, has now returned to the UK, while his father stays with him.

Speaking to ITV News, Nicola said: "As a mother, I'll never ever get over what happened.

"To watch your son in that state through no fault of his own, just trying to get home one night."

She continued: "[He is] somebody who is a gentle soul, who wouldn't hurt anybody.

"I'll never get over it. I have nightmares about it every night and that's something I won't get over."