Jonathan Robinson’s family was told early last week that they did not expect that Jonathan would ever be able to breathe again on his own. Jonathan suffered multiple knife wounds on the first of April after stepping in to stop two men from attacking some children in front of his home in Natomas. Four of the wounds were within inches of his heart and the other three were in his back and stomach. Because of the severity of the wounds, Jonathan had to undergo six hours of emergency surgery and was kept alive only through a medically induced coma.
However, now doctors and Jonathan’s family expect him to make a full recovery. Each day his condition improves dramatically. On Wednesday, April 10, just three days after the Robinson family was told by doctors that Jonathan might never be able to breathe on his own again, he awoke from a coma and was taken off the ventilator.
“The doctors did not anticipate him to wake up this early, but he is a fighter,” said his sister Crystal.
As nurses were away for a briefing during shift change, Robinson woke up after he had coughed up some fluid from his lungs. Robinson says he felt like he was choking on the fluid, so he had no choice but to remove the ventilator on his own. When the nurses walked in, they found Robinson fully conscious and trying to sit up. Because Robinson woke up and was off the ventilator, doctors were able to take him off the majority of the medications they had put him on.
Just two days after that, Jonathan’s condition had improved so much that the tubes in his chest were removed. On Friday, Jonathan was able to finally eat his first solid meal—a steak and potatoes. A meal fitting and well deserved for the hero.
Despite what Jonathan went through after standing up for someone, he does not consider himself a victim.
“The message Jonathan wants from this isn’t that if you stand up for someone you’ll get hurt. He says he’s do it again in a heartbeat if he was in that situation,” said his sister.
To read the full article, pick up a copy of the April 17, 2013 issue of the Gridley Herald.
If you would like to help Jonathan Robinson and his family out, please visit http://www.rockofroseville.com/jonathan to make donations. Donations can also be sent to the following address:
Rock of Roseville
Memo: Jonathan Robinson
725 Vernon Street
Roseville, CA 95678