Friday 15 December 2017

Irishman to be flown home from Thailand four weeks after accident

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

Niall O’Connor

IRISHMAN Robbie Robinson will return home to Dublin tomorrow.

The 32-year-old, from Ashford in Co Wicklow, has spent almost four weeks lying a coma in a hospital in Bangkok after suffering a horrific fall.

He was left with catastrophic head injuries after falling from the fourth storey of an apartment building on June 22.

Robbie's mother, Martina Robinson, today said the family had received the green light to fly their loved one home tomorrow.

They are due to leave Bangkok at 12:30pm and will arrive back home in Dublin after 8pm.

"[We have] great news. We're coming home tomorrow. We're taking Robbie home tomorrow. We are so thrilled because he is still critical and he hasn't woken up yet. But he's stable, he's been stable since Friday and that's a real achievement in itself," she told RTE radio.

"I can't explain what it's like, just the thoughts of taking him home."

The family have secured a bed for Robbie in Beaumont hospital and have been working with a volunteer Aviation doctor over the past few days.

There are serious issues surrounding the use of oxygen and medical staff on such flights - making the task of getting him home even more difficult.

"The cost of a private medical ambulance - we just couldn't have done it. So we had to try and get a commercial flight and this was the seventh one [considered]. They take out six seats and they put the stretcher there in that area."

As previously revealed, Robbie had no insurance and his flight home and medical costs combined will leave the family with a bill of over €100,000.

According to Martina, the family is paying the costs in instalments and must pay a sum of €57,000 tonight.

"I know he's a fighter. You can see him fighting. He's moving his head and arms now. He's not conscious at all but he can move his arm and shoulder slightly," she told Miriam O’Callaghan on ‘the John Murray Show’.

"I think, as you can only do as a mother, I think he's telling me, he wants to fight. And we can't afford to stay here because it's like €2,500 per day. We can't actually even afford to get him home, if it wasn't for the generosity of everybody back home, we wouldn't be here. We wouldn't be in a position to get him back home.

"You know the way, you know your kids. I know he doesn't want to go. I know his heat is really strong he's fighting."

Major fundraising has been carried out by Robbie's friends and family since the awful tragedy. A benefit event in the Esplanade hotel in Bray last Friday raised €15,360. Another event is being run in The Grand Hotel in Wicklow town tomorrow.

Robbie travelled to Bangkok last month in order 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 the Wicklow man lost his footing and fell dozens of metres to the ground, sustaining life threatening head injuries.

Robbie, originally from Ashford in Co Wicklow, has been living in Christchurch, New Zealand for a number of years.

 He travelled home last month in order to attend a friend's wedding and had planned to return to work in New Zealand following his stay in Bangkok.

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