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Children's Miracle Network: Tug Robinson

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It was July 14, 2011. Atjust after 2 in the afternoon Ginny George answered a call that no parent wantsto receive.

Two of her three kids were involved in a caraccident, about four miles from their Archbold home.

"My phone rang. I answered it and there wasa woman who said, 'Not meaning to alarm you.' She was very calm and just saidmy daughter Emily has given her my phone number, so immediately I think, 'Okay,she must be alright because she gave them my phone number,'" said Ginny.

Still, the woman didn'ttell Ginny much about Emily's brother Tug.

"The only thing thatshe had mentioned about Tug was that there was a young boy with her and that theywere helping him."

Ginny called thechildren's father with the news.

"I got a ring to mycell phone, and it was Ginny, and she had called and said, 'Brian, the kidswere in an accident,'" said Brian Robinson.

The car Emily and Tug werein had slammed into a telephone pole. Tug was caught in the car right where ithad hit the pole.

Tug was trapped in the carfor about an hour as rescuers tried to get him out. Brian says he had no colorat the time and that he looked lifeless.

16-year-old Emily and11-year-old Tug were flown by helicopter from the accident scene to MercyChildren's Hospital in Toledo. Emily needed stitches and suffered a concussion,along with a broken bone in her face.

Tug, on the other hand,was a whole different story. He had suffered a lacerated liver, and his pelviswas fractured in two different places.

Most concerning however, hehad what doctors call a traumatic brain injury.

"He was just shook sohard, It wasn't necessarily the blunt trauma, he was just shook so hard thathis brain had lots and lots of different hemorrhages," said Ginny. "Ididn't know if he was going to make it. We just didn't think. It didn't lookgood."

Ginny knew that even ifTug did make it through the initial injuries, the prognosis wasn't good. He wasin a coma at Mercy Children's Hospital for two weeks.

His brain had beendeprived of oxygen for a dangerous amount of time. He probably would not regainuse of the right side of his body. He would most likely spend the rest of hislife connected to a feeding tube. He would not be able to talk.

All of these "probablys"and "most likelys" were if he cameout of the coma.

Two years later, Tug Robinsonis 12 years old and full of life.

"Next year I am doingcross country and track for school sports, and right now I do soccer for a clubsport," said Tug.

Brian says you would neverknow Tug had been so severely injured in an accident.

"To see where he istoday is a true miracle," said Brian.

Tug's recovery haspresented obvious challenges, though. Once he pulled out of the coma and wasable to breathe without a machine, he was transferred to Nationwide Children'sHospital in Columbus.

"He literally had to relearnhow to do everything. Walk, talk, eat, tie his shoes, use his right hand.Relearn everything, but he did," said Brian. "You hoped and prayed thatit would come out to what Tug is now, but they never promised that."

There are still smallpersonal victories Tug makes every day.

"His personality, allof that is coming back, his quick wit, his self. It's just icing on the cake,"said Ginny. "When you were just excited because he would move one side ofhis body or that he would open his eyes or you would talk to him and think 'Didhe say something or did he actually hear that?' and then all the sudden,realizing you can talk to him and he has his wit back. He's normal Tug."

Brian is proud of how farTug has come.

"Tug is one of thebest examples of hard work, determination, and hope you could ever have,"he said.

Tug still battles somememory issues, but has learned to compensate. He knows his limits and hasadapted, especially in school.

Last year Tug went back tovisit the doctors and nurses at Mercy and say thank you.

"They said, 'Oh my gosh!'And they're like, 'You've gotten really tall.' And I'm like, ‘I've been thistall, it's just because I was always bent over because I couldn't hold myselfup,'" said Tug.

Through it all, Tug's momand dad are amazed at the miracle that occurred.

"I remember thinking, 'Howgreat is this? Something as horrific as this can occur and we have the best ofthe best of the best. Right here, right now. There's nothing more that I coulddo.'"

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