Can-Am TQ Midget racer Rob McMullen seriously injured

Canadian racer Rob McMullen seriously injured August 2, 2001 Can-Am TQ Midget racer Rob McMullen is at Sunnybrook Health Science Centre in Toronto, Ontario, where he has remained since early Sunday morning following a Saturday-night racing ...

Canadian racer Rob McMullen seriously injured
August 2, 2001

Can-Am TQ Midget racer Rob McMullen is at Sunnybrook Health Science Centre in Toronto, Ontario, where he has remained since early Sunday morning following a Saturday-night racing accident. As a result of his terrible crash, the eighteen-year-old resident of Etobicoke, Ontario, suffered a major concussion and a broken neck. The former kart racing champion now faces life without the use of his arms and legs.

The incident, which occurred on the third lap of the feature race at Peterborough Speedway, sent McMullen's car airborne and over the track's retaining wall. Immediately following the accident, McMullen was transported to Peterborough Hospital and from there he was air lifted to Sunnybrook.

By 4:30am Sunday morning, his family had been advised of the extent of the injuries and following x-rays taken a few hours later, they were told the crushing news that Rob would be quadriplegic.

Since then, the staff at Sunnybrook have worked relentlessly. At 1pm today, Rob was taken in for approximately eight hours of surgery including work to reinforce his neck. Following this operation, he will remain in the Critical Care Unit for two weeks before being moved to a regular room. Once he has gained enough strength to begin his lengthy rehabilitation, he will be transferred to the Lyndhurst Centre, not far from Sunnybrook.

Rob and the entire McMullen family wish to thank all those who have offered support during this difficult time. In the immediate and distant future, they will need continued support to recover from this tragedy which will be both emotionally and financially draining.

Today came the announcement of The Robbie McMullen Trust Fund. It is hoped that this fund will help ease the McMullen family's financial burden as the costs of Rob's rehabilitation and future care will be enormous.

Contributions may be made to The Robbie McMullen Trust Fund TD-Canada Trust Bank, account # 0235-522207

-MJ-

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