More than two weeks after he was struck by a train on the Red Line, the family of Victor Robinson said Tuesday that the 41-year-old disability outreach specialist is making progress in his recovery.
On Aug. 1 Robinson was waiting for a train at Friendship Heights station, beginning the trip to the Petworth home he shares with his parents, Sherman and Ondina Robinson. His family believes Robinson suffered an epileptic seizure and fell onto the tracks where he was hit by a train.
His right foot was amputated and he had to have surgery to repair his right wrist. He is recovering at Suburban Hospital, where his family spends up to six hours a day at his bedside.
In the last week, his parents and twin sister — Victoria Dancy of Upper Marlboro — said he has made progress. He’s opened his eyes, responded to commands and moved his head upon hearing the voices of his family. Early this week, doctors took him off the ventilator and he is now breathing on his own, his sister said. He is also no longer sedated, his sister said.
“He’s nodding his head if you ask him if he wants a Big Mac,” his sister said Tuesday morning. “We’re happy to see him open his eyes when we walk into the room. He’ll raise his arm to say hello if I’m waving at him. Those are good signs to see he’s progressing.”
His family said they are thankful to the doctors, nurses and emergency responders who have helped Robinson and to their family, friends and strangers who have sent get well wishes.
An avid collector of model cars, trains, T-shirts and baseball hats, Robinson works at Quality Trust for Individuals With Disabilities. His fiancee, Thelma Greene, said the couple jokingly refers to each other as Superman and Lois Lane. She said she’s waiting for her Superman to hurry up and get better so he can come rescue her.
On Saturday, about seven of the personnel from Montgomery County Fire Station No. 6 in Bethesda — some of whom were among the roughly two dozen first responders and firefighters on the accident scene to assist with Robinson’s rescue -- visited with Robinson’s family at the hospital. They brought him a T-shirt that read, “To Our Superman Victor.”
Robinson had become the eighth passenger this year struck by a Metro train, the transit authority said. That’s more than the seven who were struck in all of last year, according to Metro’s records. Twelve riders were hit by trains in 2009, including a single accident in which a blind Rockville man tumbled from the platform at Gallery Place.
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