After 59 days, Perth soccer star Danny Hodgson has moved out of the intensive care unit at Royal Perth Hospital.
The ECU Joondalup star striker was allegedly punched outside a Perth train station in the early hours of September 5.
Since then, the 26-year-old was placed in an induced coma in the ICU and has undergone four major brain surgeries.
On Thursday, Danny’s parents Nicola and Peter Hodgson released a statement saying that while the move out of the ICU is a positive one, their son was “still in a critical condition”, under the care of neurosurgeons and being monitored 24/7.
“He has a tracheotomy which means he is unable to speak to us, but he is aware that we are with him,” they said.
“Even the smallest effort is a mammoth undertaking for Danny, and we are in awe of his courage and spirit.
They continued to say the family continues to “draw strength” from the messages of support and encouraged people to “keep Danny in your thoughts and prayers”.
“We would like to express our eternal gratitude to the army of ICU doctors and nurses who helped Danny fight on for the last 59 days,” they said.
“Your dedication to our son has been incredible.”
The teenager accused of assaulting Hodgson is facing more than 24 charges, including grievous bodily harm.