Saturday, July 16, 2011

Girl Killed in Ibiza Scooter Accident Named

The 23 year old young woman, who tragically lost her life in a road accident near Benirras, has been named as American Zoe Bromberg from Jacksonville, Florida.

She had only graduated from the University of Alabama in May and was to return there for the ceremony in August. Zoe was the pillion passenger on a scooter which was hit from behind and into the path of an oncoming car, at a dangerous bend on the road to the hippy beach of Benirras.

Her companion and friend Rob Mc Lendon, was with her on the scooter and is now fighting for his life in the private clinic of our Lady of the Rosary in Ibiza. Further updates on Robs condition will be carried in comment section of this post

Family members of Mr Mc Lendon are now at his bedside and his condition has stablised and improved since he was admitted on Tuesday. Mr Mc Lendon is conscious at times and aware that family members are with him. He has movement in his body and there is no brain swelling. Doctors are monitoring his situation in the intensive care unit of the clinic.

We would like to take this opportunity to extend our deepest sympathies to the Bromberg family on the tragic loss of their only daughter.

Update 16/7/11 14.10 Mr Mc Lendons condition remains critical. His punctured lungs have improved and his kidneys are working and stabilised. Doctors have said Mr Mc Lendons excellent physic and fitness have been a huge aid to his recovery which will be slow.

Update 21/9/11 A journal entry by Rob Mc Lendon on his caring bridge page

Wow....where to even start after the past 8 weeks and after my brother’s superb writing. Not an easy task, but, hey, given what’s happened and the incredible support I’ve received from you all, I’m damn sure I’ll give it a go although I’ve chosen to take a slightly different tack than Jackson to retell the journey back to partial normalcy, at least the pieces I remember, from the eyes of the beholder. 
Before I delve into the noteworthy segments of the recovery process, it probably makes logical sense to provide you all with an update on where I am now. After about three weeks in Barcelona’s (technically Badalona) Instituto Guttman, I’ve now returned to my flat / apartment, for good, so I couldn’t be happier to finally have graduated from the “hospital lifestyle.” much as I wanted to get out and return back home, the care, rehab and staff were absolutely phenomenal (although I was nicknamed “Forest” being from Alabama), and I witnessed a humbling aspect of life - i.e. from other patients in Guttman, I came to realize how truly lucky and fortunate so many of us are (especially me)...
Now it’s on to a more traditional rehab process, mainly building my fitness, working on my back’s recovery (which now feels much better after wearing a brace...but still notice it) and waiting for my body to recover with time. I can ride my bike relatively hard, lift weights, nearly run, throw a medicine ball with a bit of zip, hold some yoga poses on one foot with eyes closed (no laughing) and, apparently, my sarcasm has become more potent - for good or bad. 
So, in my mind, there has been good progress considering I did have to learn to walk again (I attempted to power walk the first time...epic failure) about a month ago. But I still have a ways to go with my back and left me, the motivation is there to make the “comeback.” 
So, with the update above, we’ll migrate on to the....drum part...
After such an experience, you, without a doubt, walk away with some important lessons, memories and, hopefully, a bit more wisdom. Here are mine (in no particular order - save for one):
  1. It has been both breathtaking and refreshing to feel and receive such extraordinary devotion and attention from my family, the Brombergs, friends, colleagues and those supporting other patients in both Ibiza and Guttman. For me, such a display gives you faith in humanity and demonstrates the power of prayer and human connectivity. Without a doubt, we don’t get exposed to such unconditional love and care very often. 
  2. During one of my many night’s in the Ibiza hospital (relatively soon after waking up), I dreamed I was “asked” by the U.S. military to fire several rockets into space. In a medication / drug induced stupor, I literally got out of bed, IVs attached and all, around 3 a.m. to prepare the rockets and fuel for launch in the hospital room. Shockingly, I wasn’t able to locate the fuel or the rockets, and the befuddled nurse “suggested” we wait until 7 a.m. to fire the rockets which I thought would be a good idea (obviously) and went back to sleep. I was subsequently tethered to the bed...deservedly so. 
  3. Devout patience has likely been the hardest lesson to learn. Spending nearly 8 weeks in hospitals is not something that comes easy to anyone, especially a person who is accustomed to an active lifestyle. But, as time has passed, I’ve realized that patience and time are critical to a successful recovery, so time ticks on...NOT TO WORRY...I’m out and about trying to get back in the groove - one step at a time.
  4. Contrary to popular belief, a lifestyle consisting of drugs, eating, drinking and sleeping sucks. Period.
  5. One of the more striking memories I have is remembering people, especially my mom, speaking to me in the early days of my recovery when they likely couldn’t detect it. From reciting prayers to playing me Ludovico Einaudi (if you haven’t listened to must...beautiful) to visitors coming to the hospital, I recall the comfort I had being surrounded by those supporting me through the fight of my life. 
  6. Apparently, the US military really needs another vivid, drug induced slumber, I was kidnapped from the hospital, placed in a burning house, only to be saved by the US special forces. For some unknown reason, I blamed my brother for being kidnapped and at one point (in reality) yelled at him for it. Obviously, he was  slightly confused when I referenced the special forces and a burning house. 
  7. It likely goes without saying, but I strongly believe that those, from friends to colleagues to random acquaintances, you surround yourself with can have a powerful influence on the direction and outcome of your life. I thought it before, but it has been reinforced yet again....I feel as if I am one of the luckiest people on earth to have the cosmic group of friends and family that I do (it brings tears of happiness to my eyes when I think about it). Thank you all for being a part of it.
  8. Receiving several shots (i.e. the intravenous type...) a day isn’t fun but manageable. I can even give myself a shot now...I’m not sure how I should feel about that.
  9. Most importantly, losing someone as wonderful, loving and loved as ZoĆ« is impossible to overcome, and I will never forget her. We / I can take solace that she’s looking down on us with that lovely smile from a beautiful place surrounded by everything that made her happy.
I cannot stress how awesome it is and thankful I am to have you all, and I know without the support I’ve received such a recovery would not have been as rapid as it has been. I know my mom and brother are equally appreciative. 
There are so many things I could say, but I wanted to keep the entry short saving the real sweetness for when the time comes that I see you all whenever that may be. Let the journey and adventure continue...and as one of my favorite bands wrote...”hope we live long and lucky.”
Hope to see you all soon and un abrazo de Barcelona.


  1. Update 18/7/11 16.50

    Robs condition continues to improve. Cat Scans reveal no brain surgery required at present moment.

  2. Godspeed to Rob and my best to the Brombergs. Their daughter was a shining light and won't be forgotten.

  3. Update 20/7/11 10.58

    Rob remains incubated and sedated. Scans of his vertebrae reveal no serious damage. His physical condition continues to improve and doctors are cautiously optimistic for his recovery.

  4. Update 21/7/11

    Another stable day for Rob. Scans reveal no paralysis. Robs Mum Sally welcomes messages of support at

  5. From a comment on first report post

    "hi,my name is Simona and I was present at the moment of the accident. only now I know about this blog.I was driving my car out of the Beninras guarderia with the 7 years'old daughter of a friend, and I was just behind the car that crashed.I was the one who called the ambulance.I am still in shock and I can't think about anithing else. This tragedy moves me so much as they were my brothers. I cryed and prayed for them,taking Zoe's hand trying she would not feel too lonely and scared. Some days after me and the little girl who unfortunately was on the scene took some flowers for Zoe in the place where she died.
    I pray for Robert,I remenber him trying to hug his girlfriend.
    if any Zoe and Robert's friend want to contact me for any reason my mail is
    I sent all my love to the families and the friend that loved them."

  6. Update 21/7/11

    Robs condition remain stable. He is still sedated to allow his injuries to heal.

  7. Update 23/7/11

    Rob remains incubated and sedated but in a stable condition.

  8. Update 25/7/11

    Robs condition continues to improve gradually. He is in a stable condition and sedated but thankfully its all positive news.

  9. Update 26/7/11

    Condition continues stable. MRI, scans and a tracheotomy are planed for later this week.

  10. Update 28/7/11

    A tracheotomy will be performed tomorrow. Robs condition continues to improve and apart from a slight fever he is doing well.

  11. update 31/7/11

    Last update of July and a long way from that fatefull day 2 weeks ago.

    Rob is still heavily sedated but continues to improve slowly.

    His condition overall is much better and his family are starting to see light at the end of the tunnel.

    Sally would like to thank everybody that has sent messages of support to

  12. Update 2/8/11

    Most encouraging and positive news on Robs condition today. He is now aware that his family are with him. He is conscious and smiling. Sedation is being reduced and there is no sign of agitation as he comes around. His Mum posted the below entry in her Caring Bridge journal today;

    "Yesterday, Rob was slowly opening and closing his eyes. Today, Rob was opening and closing his eyes, yawning, moving his head to make eye contact, and making expressions. After telling him I loved him, he closed his mouth and smiled. When I told him he needs to relax so he can heal, he frowned (Rob has never cared to stay still). When I told him I had to leave, he gripped my hand tugged lightly. It was wonderful and wrenching."

  13. Update 4/8/11

    Rob has successfully undergone surgery to insert pins in his damaged vertebra and remove bone tissue from near the spinal cord. Family are delighted with his progress as he is now able to breath unaided.

  14. Update 8/8/11

    Rob is now conscious and speaking, albeit a little confused and disorientated. His condition has greatly improved.

  15. Update 10/8/11

    Rob is recovering from successful surgery on his eye to repair fractures. He continues to do well.

  16. Update 17/8/11

    Rob is now making big strides in his recuperation. He is now eating solid foods unaided, talking and watching TV, and fully aware of his surroundings. He has been moved out of intensive care into a room with a window.

    Due to robs much improved condition this will be the last update on the blog. Thankfully he is out of danger and everybody's prayers and good wishes have been answered.

    The Blog may feature a story on Rob in the near future.

  17. Rob has now left Ibiza and has been transferred to a specialist rehabilitation hospital in Barcelona where he continues to make progress.

  18. Thanks for sharing this. Been reading a lot about these kinds of accidents.