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Children's Miracle Network: Tug Robinson

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It was July 14, 2011. At just after 2 in the afternoon Ginny George answered a call that no parent wants to receive.

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

"My phone rang. I answered it and there was a woman who said, 'Not meaning to alarm you.' She was very calm and just said my 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't tell Ginny much about Emily's brother Tug.

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

Ginny called the children's father with the news.

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

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

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

16-year-old Emily and 11-year-old Tug were flown by helicopter from the accident scene to Mercy Children'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 pelvis was fractured in two different places.

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

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

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

His brain had been deprived of oxygen for a dangerous amount of time. He probably would not regain use of the right side of his body. He would most likely spend the rest of his life connected to a feeding tube. He would not be able to talk.

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

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

"Next year I am doing cross country and track for school sports, and right now I do soccer for a club sport," said Tug.

Brian says you would never know Tug had been so severely injured in an accident.

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

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

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

There are still small personal victories Tug makes every day.

"His personality, all of 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 of his body or that he would open his eyes or you would talk to him and think 'Did he 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 far Tug has come.

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

Tug still battles some memory issues, but has learned to compensate. He knows his limits and has adapted, especially in school.

Last year Tug went back to visit 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 this tall, it's just because I was always bent over because I couldn't hold myself up,'" said Tug.

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

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

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