Thanks! says dad after son's devastating neck injury
Cape Town - The family of George Robinson -- the 17-year-old school rugby player who suffered a devastating spinal neck injury during a match in Cape Town -- has humbly thanked South Africa for saving the teen's life and accommodating all of them while urgent medical care was being administered to the youngster. In all, Mr. Robinson spent 37 days receiving intensive care treatment Melomed Private Hospital in Bellville in Cape Town.
In a statement today, Mr. Robinson's father, Simon, said: "As we close the South African chapter of his recovery, we want to warmly convey our heartfelt thanks for the touching support that has been given to George during this early phase of his recovery. We have so many thank yous to convey, George has received incredible care, love and compassion whilst here in South Africa.
“Being in a foreign country could have been very daunting, and despite challenging moments, we've always felt help was there if needed, it's wonderful and reassuring how a community is united in a moment like this."
Simon said his son was responding well to treatment and was being weaned of a respirator that had been fitted to assist with Mr. Robinson's breathing. He called the teen a "fun, popular and a charming young man" who excelled all round at school and in the arts.
The youngster and his family are expected to return to the UK by Air Ambulance tomorrow.
Simon took the opportunity to thank specific parties for the profound impact they've had on his son and family. He said: “We would like to sincerely thank the rugby community of Chris Burger/Petro Jackson Fund and the English Rugby Football Union who have demonstrated sensitivity and loyal support. We also want to convey our appreciation to the amazing parents, teachers and pupils of DF Malan School who have been magnificent in their generosity and compassion."
He also thanked:
Mr Lucas de Beer and Land Rover N1 City for the use of a car to get around with;
Melomed Hospital's nurses, physiotherapists and medical support staff;
Dr. Liebenberg and his surgical operating team. They were responsible for reconstructing George's broken vertebrae;
Dr. Roelofse, George's doctor, whom Simon described as generous. "...we feel a serendipitous connection [to Dr. Roelofse]. His own personal journey is a victory over adversity and has helped him make a deep connection with George. His generosity, human touch and precious expertise has overseen this complex medical case."
“We know that we have a long journey ahead and we will harness the inspiring goodwill, love and positive energy sent to George through the wonderful people in Cape Town and back at home in the UK. George has an incredible story to tell and we will move into this next chapter with positivity, determination and hopefulness.”