The Chelsea-born Hudson describes this disabled chapter of his life as his third incarnation.
“A lot of people would have given up by now, but when I look back at the day I came out of hospital I think of that as the start of my third life,” he said. “When I left my first club Chelsea to join Stoke in 1974 that was the start of my second life because I went through a bad spell at the end of my time at Stamford Bridge.”
“Stoke manager Tony Waddington resurrected me and now I call this my third life — on Dec. 15 it will be my 15th birthday,” he joked.
“My previous lives have gone now. I have to forget what I used to do. I can’t put my tracksuit on and go running any more. I can’t even get dressed properly. When I have a party with my friends every year on Dec. 15, they always say: ‘Why are you celebrating?’ and I say: ‘I’m celebrating still being here,’” he said.