Brisbane Roar and Sydney FC goalkeepers were prolific in keeping clean sheets for their side in an entertaining match at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night that ended in 0-0 draw. For Sydney’s Danny Vukovic this was made all the more admirable after spending many nights on a hospital floor with his poorly son Harvey.
For almost a month, Vukovic had been sleeping on the floor of hospital rooms, whilst his young son Harley awaited a liver transplant after suffering from the life-threatening condition biliary atresia.
Vukovic was released from his Melbourne contract last September, transferring to Sydney to be nearer to his family, after the stress of leaving his wife with their ill baby was taking it’s toll on his form.
On Thursday, Vukovic released a photo and update of his son to his social media account, saying they received the ‘ultimate gift’ from an organ donor and urging fans to sign up to be an organ donor, in the hope to save more Australians. For privacy reason Vukovic was unable to say exactly when Harvey had undergone the operation.
Roar boss Graham Arnold paid testament to the commitment Vukovic showed to not only his family but also the club during what would of been the hardest and most emotional period of the goalkeeper’s life.
“It’s a wonderful story. And he had to come back to Sydney for the hospital and the doctors and wait for the liver transplant for his son. His son is doing exceptionally well,” Arnold said.
“Family is very important to every player. The fact he can be so close to his parents and his wife’s parents and the help he needs… the club has been extra supportive. A couple of times he’s travelled the day of the game, not even travelled with the team. And then play as well as he does.”