MGH Friends and Colleagues of Christopher Robbins
Organized by: Paul Craigie
2 month update
August 14, 2016
In early September of 2015, our friend and colleague Christopher Robbins suffered a debilitating stroke shortly after undergoing back surgery. His right arm and leg were paralyzed, he was unable to speak, and suffered profound memory loss. Over the next few weeks, thanks to his healthcare providers at Lahey Clinic and Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, he was able to walk with assistance, his memory improved, and he began to learn to speak again. During October and November, at the Aviv Rehabilitation Center, he continued to improve and was able to return home shortly after Thanksgiving. He is now at home, working very hard with speech, occupational, and physical therapists on an outpatient basis to regain his former independent way of life. He has made excellent progress, but still has a way to go. Chris is not working at MGH at present, and it is unclear when he will be able to return. His wife Wendy has had to take leave from work, and is just now returning to full time employment. This has resulted in a growing number of expenses, not only health care expenses, but from the changes in his daily life. The support from friends, colleagues, and most of all family, has been instrumental to his achievements in recovery. However, we the "MGH Friends and Colleagues of Christopher Robbins" want to take the next step. To assist Christopher and Wendy handle the financial realities of long term rehabilitation, we would like to initiate a fund that will help to defray some of the incidental costs that may come up in the foreseeable future. We ask the support of friends, family, former co-workers, neighbors and any concerned folks who would like to help Christopher and his family work through the realities of this life-changing event. If you are able - HELP US SUPPORT CHRISTOPHER!