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Thursday 19 October 2017

Heartbreak as Robbie Robinson loses fight for life

Robbie Robinson
Robbie Robinson
Robbie Robinson with his mother Martina
Robbie Robinson and sister Kim and mother Martina
Robbie Robinson
Robbie Robinson

A MAN who was flown home from Thailand after falling from a fourth floor balcony has died.

Robbie Robinson man passed away in Beaumont Hospital yesterday, surrounded by his family.

Robbie (32) had spent the last four weeks in a coma after falling from the fourth storey of an apartment complex in Bangkok, Thailand.

His devastated family refused to switch off his ventilator in the hope of a miracle, and were able to raise funds to fly him home.

Robbie's mother Martina, stepfather Pat Fox, brother Keith and sister Kim were by his bedside as he passed away yesterday.

“It is with a sad heart that our dear friend, son and brother Robbie has passed away,” his family said.

“Robbie put up a magnificent fight but he was needed elsewhere.

“Robbie has gone on to save lives, by donating his organs, so even in his passing he was amazing and touched even more hearts.”

Robbie's family took the hugely difficult decision to discharge him from a hospital in Bangkok so that he could receive medical treatment at home.

His mother Martina told the Herald that they wanted him to be treated in Dublin so that he could be surrounded by his large group of family and friends.

Thousands of euro has been raised following a number of fundraising events held in Wicklow, Dublin and beyond.

An anonymous donor donated €5,000 to the Robbie Robinson Fund after hearing an emotional radio interview given by his mother to Miriam O'Callaghan.

However, his family is still saddled with a six-figure medical bill because Robbie didn't have valid health or travel insurance.

Martina Robinson has pleaded with young people to take out insurance before they travel abroad, so that other families don't endure their hardship.

Robbie travelled to Bangkok last month to visit friends and was returning to his apartment following a night out.

He realised that he left his key inside and attempted to climb up a fire escape to his bedroom.

However, he lost his footing and fell dozens of metres, sustaining terrible head injuries.

Anyone who wishes to donate to the Robbie Robinson fund can visit ww.facebook.com/RobbieRobinsonFund for details on how to contribute.

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