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A rising football star's dad is paralysed after he fainting while getting into bed.

Robert Lamb, 58, suffered low blood pressure which caused him to collapse while he was about to climb into bed on Saturday, October 10.

The dad of a rising West Bromwich Albion player fractured bones in his neck, causing a severe spinal cord injury which has left him paralysed from the chest down, Birmingham Live reports.

The quantity surveyor from Solihull is the parent of top-rated 17-year-old WBA youth defender Mackenzie Lamb, who has represented Scotland at youth level.

The dad-of-four is currently in intensive care at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham where he has undergone surgery.

Robert, whose wife Julie died three years ago, lives with sons Mackenzie, Gavin and Callum, while older daughter Tara lives in America.

Gavin, 26, said: "My dad was in his bedroom and was just getting into bed. I heard a bang and ran upstairs. My dad was lying on the floor on his back.

"I called for an ambulance and paramedics tended to him. He had fainted due to low blood pressure but it was clear he had badly hurt himself in the fall.

"He was rushed to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital where doctors discovered he had fractured bones in his neck which had left him with a severe spinal cord injury.

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"He has been left paralysed from the chest down. He has had surgery and is still in intensive care.

"We are not allowed to go and see him but we have Facetimed him. He is aware of what has happened and that his life has now changed.

"He is trying to come to terms with it but he has been in good spirits. It has been such a shock for all of us.

"Mackenzie plays for WBA and they have been really supportive to him giving him time off. My dad loves going to watch Mackenzie and I can't remember him ever missing one of his games.

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"He took him to every games for years and followed him across Europe. To think he might not be able to do that anymore is just devastating."

He said: "It is early days but the doctors are talking about transferring my dad to a specialist spinal rehabilitation centre in Oswestry in the near future.

"We are all just hoping that maybe something can be done for my dad in the future." Gavin and his three siblings are now raising money on GoFundMe to help make special adaptations to their house for when their dad returns home.

The family posted: "On Saturday October 10th 2020, Robert (Bob) suffered a fall that fractured bones in his neck and left him with a severe spinal cord injury which has paralyzed him from the chest down.

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"He is likely to be wheelchair-bound and dependent on others for the rest of his life.

"As a man and father of four who has already shown tremendous strength over the last few years, after losing his wife suddenly in 2017, he responded well to an immediate operation and is currently in intensive care until he is likely to be moved for treatment at a rehabilitation centre.

"Although we believe Bob has the strength to try and recover as much as possible, his time at this rehabilitation centre will be to prepare him for his return to the family home for his 'new' life.

"This page is set up for those who want to offer any kind of support in transitioning Bob back in to his home after this life changing injury.

"Whether that be helping build and create the constructions needed around the house to make it wheelchair accessible or messages of support for him to read whilst in recovery.

"We are nothing but grateful to the NHS who have done a fantastic job in such crazy times to give Bob the best treatment possible."

So far, over £16,000 has been raised for the family. To donate click here.

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