A 5-year-old boy nearly killed by a falling tree in his father's yard after Hurricane Sandy is home, but still has a long battle ahead.
Robby Klimaytis now requires around-the-clock care and to help his family work towards his recovery, two benefits are planned for this weekend.
Angela Klimaytis sat down at her Somers home to talk about her son Robby and his difficult road ahead.
"He was very bright with an excellent vocabulary. He loved music. He loved sports and super heroes," she told Eyewitness News. "I miss having conversations with him and his sense of humor a lot."
On Nov. 5, Robby was spending the weekend at his dad's house in Redding. His father was clearing trees after Sandy.
Family members told Eyewitness News that they think Robby was out in the yard playing army man when he was pinned by a falling tree.
According to his mother, Robby was without oxygen for 30 minutes and emergency crews had to hook up chains to a truck just to get that tree off him.
Robby spent a month at Connecticut Children's Medical Center and even at one point, his parents chose to take him off the respirator and donate his organs.
"I went outside and I just cried," said Angela Klimaytis.
Since leaving the hospital, Robby has very little brain function, can't move his body and needs to be fed through a tube. According to doctors, he will likely require around-the-clock care for the rest of his life.
"It sounds very cliche because every mom would say it, but he was very bright," said Angela Klimaytis.
This week, family and friends came together to celebrate Robby's fifth birthday.
Support for Robby after his traumatic brain injury quickly spread beyond Connecticut after a Facebook page under the slogan Team Robby.
"Those little things that when you have lost every hope that you have, you read a message, or somebody says a kind word or something encouraging and it really helps to get you through those tough times," said Angela Klimaytis.
Now, the Team Robby slogan decorates his room along with a donated mural, hospital bed and tons of toys.
Donations to help buy for Robby's care can be sent to the following address:
Robert Lawrence Klimaytis Fund
P.O. Box 960
Somers, CT 06071
There are two benefits for Robby scheduled for this weekend.
A benefit concert with music by a band called Turn About is scheduled at American Legion #102, located at 20 American Legion Dr. in Manchester, on Saturday from 7-11:30 p.m. Tickets are $7 at the door.
However, a dinner and silent auction is sold out after more than 400 people bought tickets.
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