Karl Inness, from Mastrick in Aberdeen, learned that his son Stuart Robb had been knocked down by a car only after Karl’s sister read about the accident on the internet.
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Stuart, 23, was left in a coma after being involved in the incident involving a taxi while he on holiday in Florida earlier this month.
Mr Inness, 48, found out about his son’s tragic accident on Christmas Day.
Having heard the news, Mr Inness contacted all the hospitals in the area where his son was visiting to find out where Stuart was being treated.
He said that Stuart has had to undergo major surgery for a blood clot in his brain and that he remains in an induced coma at the Halifax Health and Medical Centre in Florida.
Mr Inness, an oil industry technician, said: “My sister phoned and asked if I’d heard about Stuart.
“She had heard the news online that he had been hit by a taxi.
“It was a huge shock, especially on Christmas Day.
“I was very upset. I just feel absolutely helpless because I can’t get over there.”
Having established which hospital his son was in, Karl said that Stuart remains in an induced coma at the Halifax Health-Medical Centre in Florida following surgery for a blood clot in his brain.
Stuart, from Balintore in Easter Ross, is understood to have been in Florida to visit his cousin, Ally Macdonald, who is also originally from Easter Ross.
Ally had been due to graduate from a university in Daytona Beach and his cousin had been due to attend the ceremony, it is understood.
Days before the accident the pair had visited Walt Disney World resort in Orlando with Stuart posting an online picture of them at the theme park.
Mr Inness said: “I can’t do anything to help – he is just so far away.
“I am just hoping he is going to pull through. We won’t know what will happen until he comes out of the coma.”
Mr Inness told how he was estranged from his son who he did not meet until Stuart was aged 18. For the last five years, ever since meeting up, they have become closer and kept in touch.
He said: “I spoke to him just before he went on holiday and he was so excited about going.
“I said he would have to come here to pick up his Christmas present when he got back.”
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