(WXYZ) - Since we first introduced you to Robert Schleeter on 7 Action News on Tuesday, his family has received a lot of support and prayers.
Many viewers were touched by the 3 year Old’s miraculous recovery. Toward the end of 2012, his parents were told to start planning a funeral.
Robert suffered from Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome and after some complications his condition got worse after his last surgery in November 2012.
“They’re telling us to plan a funeral before Christmas time,” said Robert’s father Rory Schletter. “That’s not a decision that we could make.”
Robert’s parents were faced with the tough decision: whether to pull the plug on the toddler’s life support. Though the news was devastated them, Roberts parents refused to give up.
“That was a choice we could not make,” said Rory Schleeter.
Rory Schleeter and his wife Krystal asked doctors to make one last attempt to save Robert’s life by performing a tracheotomy on the little boy at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital.
After an army of prayers, Robert is making a miraculous recovery.
Though Robert is undergoing a lot of physical therapy, he will need a wheelchair to get around. The Schleeters, who have four other children, could not afford to pay for a ramp for the boy.
Viewers from Advent Home Medical from Auburn Hills and CAPS Remodeling out of Ferndale saw 7 Action News’ story on Robert on Tuesday and teamed up to help make their lives a little easier.
They have constructed a wheelchair ramp for Robert.
“All we do is remodel homes of the physically disabled,” said Sean Murphy, an employee at CAPS Remodeling. “So every day we get the satisfaction of knowing we changed somebody’s life for the better. So it’s a fantastic feeling.”
“It’s just unbelievable,” said Peter Primak, General Manager at Advent Home Medical. “I’ve gotten a chance to meet the parents and the children here and the home setting. There’s no place like home. That’s basically it so we’re going to get Robert home.”
This act of kindness has warmed the Schleeter’s hearts.
“I think it’s wonderful,” said Rory Schleeter. “I couldn’t ask for anything. I couldn’t do it myself. Just something that’s not feasible at the moment with bills, drive time, and hospital visits.”
“This is not just a want… this is a necessity,” said Krystal Schleeter. Robert weighs roughly 30 pounds. I am not only going to have another child to carry into the house because he’s not walking. He’s got his wheelchair and all of his equipment. Robert is going to be coming home with so much equipment.”
The Schleeters moved into a new home in the fall 2012 and they cannot wait to be an entire family again.
While the medical bills have been piling up, they tell 7 Action News they are happy to have each other. They are very grateful for the ramp they have received.
They told 7 Action News they hope Robert’s story about never giving up is a gift to so many others.
Little Robert is expected to come home next week, but he is not out of the woods yet.
As the family is struggling to pay medical costs, Robert is still undergoing blood treatments.
You can donate to the Robert Schleeter Fund at any TCF Bank.
You can also donate online at http://www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/Help-Little-Robert-Get-a-Wheelchair-Ramp/41358
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