St John Ambulance has bowed to media scrutiny and waived a bill handed to the victim of a one-punch attack.
Danny Hodgson was earlier this week served with a $1006 invoice for an ambulance trip needed 15 months ago when a 17 year old struck him from behind at Perth train station.
Mr Hodgson, 27, suffered permanent brain damage and still requires around-the-clock care, while his attacker has since been sentenced to three years and eight months in prison.
Mr Hodgson angrily took to social media on Wednesday evening, but the decision to charge the former rising soccer star has been reversed following media scrutiny and state government intervention.
“The Health Minister’s office contacted St John WA upon becoming aware of the collection notice issued to Danny Hodgson,” a government spokesperson said.
“Mr Hodgson does not need to pay this invoice.”
His mother Nicola took to Facebook to thank those involved.
“Its been very distressing for Danny and the family but thanks to you all and the kind messages of support the government stepped in to sort it out,” she wrote, “St John Ambulance stuck firm and wasn’t budging on the bill.
“Victims of crime should not pay these bills, it should be the perpetrator or the government.”
Victims of crime in Western Australia can apply for up to $75,000 through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme.