Little Bobby Webber who was almost killed by his uncle in brutal attack 4 years ago heroically pulls through against all odds
Little Bobby was subjected to 4 hours of abuse at the hands of his uncle in 2014 and left with critical brain injuries as well as spinal injuries when he was just seven months old
Seven-month-old Bobby Webber was clinging on to dear life after four hours of abuse at the hands of his own uncle, all while his parents were on their honeymoon in September 2014.
When Barry Webber and Elise Webber were told by doctors that their little tot stood little chance of survival and that his life support should be turned off, they agonized over the decision. However, they followed the doctors' recommendations and switched off his ventilator after christening him, Daily Mail reports.
Miraculously, Bobby managed to keep breathing despite his life support being turned off and continues to make remarkable progress to this day. The youngster, who has since been dubbed 'Bobby the Brave' because of his indomitable spirit, is now well and mending despite four years of monumental hurdles.
Bear in mind, his injuries were critical, to say the least. Aside from sustaining multiple skull fractures from blunt force trauma, Bobby had blood pooling in his eye from being shaken violently, bruised genitalia, bite marks all over his body, and fractured vertebrae.
Andrew Nolan was engaged to Bobby's aunt and had been a friend of the family for 12 years before he attacked the child. Although Nolan never admitted what drove him to abuse little Bobby, he pleaded guilty to the crimes and was initially sentenced to eight and a half years behind bars. His sentence was eventually increased by an additional three years after the family appealed the previous verdict.
In a conversation with Daily Mail Australia, Elise shared how her son continues to stun everyone with his recovery even four years after the horrific ordeal. "Absolutely everything that Bobby achieves blows my mind," she said.
Aside from Bobby's primary injuries, the abuse left him with a traumatic brain injury and quadriplegic cerebral palsy. Moreover, he has a cortical vision impairment and has lost vision completely in one eye. Despite suffering gravely, Bobby is high energy and loves to be entertained, Elise said.
"The hardest part is the constant position changing. He can't sit up or crawl to get to where he wants to be, he relies on us to help him," she said. "It never stops. As soon as Bobby wakes up, there is a lot of lifting involved. We give him his first round of medication and try to get him changed. We take him to the toilet because he's toilet training at the moment. But he's nearly completely toilet trained — which is amazing."
"It is honestly one of his biggest achievements, and it has changed so much for us as a family," Elise continued. "We were told all these things, he would never do any of this stuff but here he is doing it. He’s in remission from epilepsy, as well."
Now that it has been three years since his last seizure, Elise hopes the latest diagnosis will allow Bobby to come off some of his medication. However, Bobby must attend back-to-back therapy appointments across Sydney every Thursday and is even enrolled in a mainstream daycare two days a week. "On an afternoon, it's all home therapy, we do home stretching every hour, followed by more medication, eye drops and then more stretching," Elise said.
Little Bobby attends Liberty Allstars cheerleading in Penrith, West of Sydney, every Sunday, where he is a part of the special abilities cheerleading team and works in unison with staff, student helpers, as well as his teammates.
Throughout the year, the team attends a number of competitions across Sydney performing a series of stunts, tumbling, and dance moves to music as they show off all their hard work from the classes. Elise was once again thrilled at the end of this year after she witnessed Bobby actually trying his hand at the sport.
"It has given him the opportunity to be in a sport, and he doesn't feel like he's different," she said. "He doesn't have stigma, and he gets so much joy from being at Liberty, going out into competitions and hearing everybody clap for something that he is proud of. It has been wonderful for awareness of his body. He really responds so well to music and just the supportive environment for me, Bobby and Olivia is a blessing. There are people in that gym who were once complete strangers and are now family and friends."