By Rachael Grealish
A GoFundMe page set up to support the family of Cumbrian man in a critical condition in Australia has reached over 80 percent of its target in five hours.
On Saturday, September 4, Danny Hodgson was walking into a train station in Perth when he was struck on the back of the head, leaving him with severe head injuries, which required emergency surgery, and in a critical condition.
On the fundraising page it explains Danny took a turn for the worse the following his surgery ‘due to more severe brain haemorrhaging and was rushed to theatre for more intrusive brain surgery that lasted for 4 hours’.
The 25-year-old from Bigrigg is now currently in an induced coma that ‘could last for weeks or even months’.
In response Danny’s friend, Steven Burton, set up the GoFundMe page, with a $50,000 (£26,700 approximately) to help the Cumbrian’s family with financial troubles which may arise with Danny in such a serious condition.
“This is a page to help with the short term and long term financial support for Danny and his family,” Steve wrote.
“The funds will go towards paying for his mortgage and other bills and to also allow his Girlfriend to not worry about work during this time, Danny will need all the support he can.”
Over $43,000 (Aus) has been raised to the page, from over 630 donations.
Danny’s mother, Nicola Hodgson, originally shared the news of the incident on social media saying her and her husband are ‘distraught’ by what happened to their son and are ‘desperately trying’ to get flights out to Perth to be with Danny.
The Facebook post said the pair had been granted a Visa for a stay in Australia, but are struggling to find an airline to take them across the world to be with their injured son, due to COVID restrictions in place.
To donate to the GoFundMe page click here.