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Woman, foundation offer to help St. Paul boy who lost feet to train

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  • INVESTIGATORS: Boy crawls 165 feet after train severs both feet

    INVESTIGATORS: Boy crawls 165 feet without feet

    Thursday, September 5 2013 8:58 AM EDT2013-09-05 12:58:56 GMT
    A 9-year-old St. Paul boy who suffered a life-altering injury was remarkably able to pull himself to safety after a passing train severed both of his feet, and he shared his story with the FOX 9 Investigators.
    A 9-year-old St. Paul boy who suffered a life-altering injury was remarkably able to pull himself to safety after a passing train severed both of his feet, and he shared his story with the FOX 9 Investigators.
  • INVESTIGATORS: Chaplain questions mother of boy who lost feet to train

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    Wednesday, September 4 2013 10:59 PM EDT2013-09-05 02:59:47 GMT
    Marshawn Robinson is waiting for a pair of prosthetic feet after his were severed by a freight train in St. Paul just a few weeks ago, but his recovery was interrupted by an unexpected visitor.
    Marshawn Robinson is waiting for a pair of prosthetic feet after his were severed by a freight train in St. Paul just a few weeks ago, but his recovery was interrupted with what his family describes as a "strange visitor."

For 9-year-old Marshawn Robinson, life has been dramatically different since he lost his feet in a train accident last month -- but the community is coming together to make sure he and his family keep moving forward.

Robinson was playing by the tracks near his St. Paul home when he tried to jump on a moving freight train and fell. Both of his feet were severed, but the boy was able to crawl over 160 feet to get help.

His casts are off now, but he will still need one-on-one, 24-hour care for the next year -- and the Wiggle Your Toes Foundation wants to let his family know they're here to help.

"I still kind of get the willies when I see a train," admitted Rob Rieckenberg, who knows from first-hand experience that a train can change a life forever.

"It was eight years ago that I was mugged in downtown Minneapolis and left on the train tracks, so I lost my right leg above the knee to a train," Rieckenberg explained.

Rieckenberg watched Robinson's story in awe, and said he hopes to hear from the 9-year-old and his adoptive mother, Kim Farr, soon.

"Just know that there are people that are here for you," he said. "There are people who've gone through this and you're not going to have to go through it alone."

Rieckenberg is an advocate with the Wiggle Your Toes Foundation, an organization that helps amputees and their families regain independence.

"I was just overcome by his strength right off the bat," Chris Dunn told FOX 9 News.

Dunn is also an advocate and amputee.

"Whenever he's ready, we'd love to get an invitation to meet him," Dunn said. "He just seems like a really strong kid. As much as you hate to say he's going to be a great amputee, that's something you strive for -- but I think he's really going to do well if he keeps up that positive attitude."

Both of the men, who are total strangers, say they want to help get the resources Robinson might need. Meanwhile, Jackie Baxter has watched closely while Farr and Robinson adapt to their new lives.

"Now that this has happened, it's really overwhelming because he does have a lot of needs," Farr told FOX 9's Trish Van Pilsum.

That's why she's organized a donation drive for the family which is set to take place this month. She posted a list of suggested items on online.

"This is a family that really needs help and that is very humble," Baxter said. "They don't want to say, 'Hey, we need this,' but we could all be in this situation."

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