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Saturday 25 November 2017

Mother cries on radio as she tells of son battling for life in Thai hospital

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

AN Irish mother sobbed on radio this morning as she told of how she was desperate to get her critically ill son back home to Ireland.

Wicklow native Robbie Robinson (32) is fighting for his life in a Bangkok hospital today after falling from a high-rise building on Saturday, June 22.

Doctors have told Robbie’s grief-stricken family  that there is no hope, and according to Robbie’s mother Martina, have urged them to turn off his life-support.

Speaking to RTE broadcaster Miriam O’Callaghan this morning, Martina Robinson cried as she told of how the family was doing everything they can to bring Robbie home.

Despite hospital staff telling them their son would not survive his catastrophic head injuries, an emotional Martina said there was hope, and they were praying for a miracle.

“I whisper in his ear to ask him for a sign that we are doing the right thing by intervening, he moves little things.

“He moved his feet first and then he moved his arm… and then he moved his head on day eight. And we were just ecstatic.”

Overwhelmed by the support the family has received, especially in their hometown of Ashford, Co Wicklow, Robbie’s mother is hoping that they can bring him home to “give him more time to fight”.

“We know he’s a fighter, he’s a real fighter. He’s the strongest of all of us and his heart is beating away.

“We are realists but when it’s your child, you just don’t want to let them go.”

Before his accident, Robbie had been living in Christchurch, New Zealand, where he worked as a scaffolder.

He returned to Ireland to act as a groomsman for a friend’s wedding at the start of June. He decided to visit another friend in Thailand as he travelled back to New Zealand.

Fighting back her tears, his mother describes the moment she heard of the accident.

“The minute I saw the number of his friend’s phone, I knew something was wrong.

“He said he’d fallen from the fourth floor, he was unconscious and they didn’t think he was going to make it.”

Following a night out with friends, Robbie had returned home to his friend’s apartment which was located on the fourth floor.

As his friend had returned home an hour earlier, Robbie had a swipe card to enter the building but found he was unable to gain access to the apartment itself, said his mother. 

“He had no keys so he stood on the balcony to step around in to an open window and he lost his footing and fell,” his mother said. 

“He fell on his chest and broke his arms and hit his head. He did huge…huge damage to the brain and he’s been unconscious ever since,” she told Miriam. 

Following his admission to hospital, Martina revealed that her son’s internal organs are failing and that he has caught pneumonia.

Despite praising the medical staff for their efforts and “getting treatment for every little thing we can”, Robbie remains unresponsive.

His brother and father have flown back to their homes in Christchurch and Wicklow respectively where they are working on trying to get their son home.

His mum Martina remains at his bedside, along with his younger sister Kim.

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