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Friday 22 September 2017

Irishman clings to life after Thai holiday plunge

Robbie Robinson with his sister Kim and mum Martina
Robbie Robinson with his sister Kim and mum Martina
Robbie Robinson
Niall O'Connor

Niall O'Connor

AN Irishman is clinging to life after falling from the fourth floor of a building in Bangkok.

Robbie Robinson has been in coma for over a week after suffering the horrific accident.

The 32-year-old has been living in Christchurch, New Zealand for a number of years and had recently spent a month back at his family home in Ashford, Co Wicklow.

However, he stopped over in the Thai capital last month to meet friends before he travelled back to work in New Zealand.

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Robbie suffered a horrific fall last Friday week after spending a night out socialising with friends.

It’s understood that he attempted to climb up onto the balcony of his apartment after realising he had left his keys inside.

He lost his footing and plunged several metres to the ground and suffered horrific head injuries.

He was immediately rushed to a city hospital and has undergone a number of brain scans.

Robbie’s devastated mother Martina, stepfather Pat Fox and twin siblings Keith and Kim are holding a bedside vigil

The family have been in contact with embassy officials and are receiving support.

A source close to the family said they are “praying for a miracle”.

“Robbie’s injuries are so severe, there is a chance he will suffer permanent damage.

“The family are at their wits end and are fearing the worst. They are just praying for a miracle at this stage. They are such a close-knit and highly regarded family. It’s beyond belief what they’re going through.

A flood of messages of support have poured in on Facebook, while a church vigil also took place in Bray, Co Wicklow last week.

“Hope you pull through man, my prayers are for you buddy,” one pal said.

Another added: “His family and friends are coming together to show love, support and to pray for Rob.”

A spokesman for the Department of Foreign Affairs said full consular is being provided through our honorary counsel.

Father Larry Behan, of St Fergal’s church in Bray.

“A large number of his family attended and the service, which was held in conjunction with Saturday mass, to pray for Robbie.”

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