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Dec 14, 2016
Welcome to the CaringBridge website of Robert Edward Robinson. We've created it to keep friends and family updated about our loved one. Get started by reading the introduction to our website, My Story.
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Robert was just starting to enjoy a fun-filled week-end visit to Ebensburg, PA where his grandpap Sossong, aunts, uncles, and cousins on the Sossong side live. Robert was accompanied by one of his cousins on the Robinson side, Zach Robinson, and good friend Cody Smith, aka Bub, from Vincennes, IN. The 3 boys had brought along their 4-wheelers and golf clubs as they were ready to explore the trails located within the wonderful wooded acres belonging to his pap Sossong and then participate in an annual golf tournament at the Ebensburg Country Club, where his cousin, Krista Sossong works.
After joining Krista for brunch at the Country Club, the three boys headed out to ride their 4-wheelers. Robert couldn't wait to get on the trails; he was doing what he loved to do most, when he hit an unexpected gate. Robert's 4-wheeler kept on going under the gate bar, however, Robert was not so fortunate. The gate smacked across Robert's chest breaking most, if not all, of his ribs, puncturing a lung and leaving him breathless on the ground. Robert's cousin Zach was right behind him. Zach's 4-wheeler was larger than Robert's so the gate smashed into the handlebars of Zach's 4-wheeler instead of Zach's body. Bub road up from behind and discovered that both Robert and Zach were injured and Robert was not breathing. Bub knew he needed to call 911 but wasn't familiar enough with the location to be able to tell rescue workers their exact location. Bub immediately road back to Robert's Uncle Brian and Aunt Sandy's house which is where the three had started their ride from to get their help. In the meantime, Zach begins emergency CPR to try to get Robert to start breathing again. Zach was able to restore Robert's breathing and keep him breathing until the emergency team arrived.
Robert was life-flighted from the accident location to the Altoona, PA hospital where he was x-rayed and determined to be too critical to be treated there. Robert was then life-flighted to the University of Pittsburgh Presbyterian Hospital which is the best hospital for spinal cord injuries in the area, if not the country. Once there, we were told that his skull had been disconnected from his neck and chances were high he would not survive. We were also told that no one suffering this extent of injuries had ever made it to the hospital alive. We were also told at this time that even if he did survive, the best we could expect was for him to be a quadraplegic and the only way he could ever communicate with us again was through eye blinks. And so the nightmare begins.
We are asking all who enter this site to start praying immediately for our Robert and continue to pray every waking moment of every day that God shows his mercy and gets Robert through this nightmare as painlessly as possible. God Bless.