A DAD flown home from Spain after spending three weeks in a coma is set to have a titanium plate inserted in his skull.
Michael Robinson, 54, needed life-saving surgery after falling and hitting his head while on a break with friends in Magaluf.
The Washington dad-of-two has spent the past two months in Sunderland Royal Hospital.
Spanish medics were forced to remove a section of his skull in a bid to stop bleeding on his brain, before putting him into a morphine-induced coma.
Wife Lynne, 49, faced weeks of agony trying to bring her husband back to the UK before an emergency flight was eventually agreed to.
Now, the family know they still face an uphill battle as Michael fights each day to recover.
Lynne said: “We’re hoping he will have the titanium plate inserted in the next few weeks to replace the piece of skull that was removed.
“Sometimes Michael is quite lucid and you can have a conversation, but other times, if he is dehydrated or tired, he is very confused.”
Michael flew off to the holiday resort for a few days break with pals on Friday, October 4, last year.
But just one day into the holiday, he fell while answering the door in his hotel bedroom. Cracking his head on the tiled floor, he was rushed to hospital, but initially appeared relatively unhurt.
With the help of older brother Paul, 56, and twin David, who were also on the break, Michael was conscious and talking when he arrived at the nearby Juanida Hospital.
But within a few hours, the Nissan worker’s condition rapidly deteriorated and he was rushed into intensive care.
Lynne, who was back at the couple’s Concord home, was told her husband had suffered two fractures to his skull and was experiencing mass bleeding on his brain.
The family, including children Claire, 21, and son, Lee, 17, were allowed to bring Michael home from the hospital for Christmas Day, but medics have not given them any clues as to how long it might take for him to recover.
“We just don’t know,” said Lynne. “We are hoping that once this plate is fitted things will improve.”
Lynne told today how seven-time Formula One champion Michael Schumacher sustained similar injuries to her husband, after falling recently while skiing in the French resort of Meribel.
She said: “It was such a shock when I read what had happened and realised he was receiving similar treatment to Michael.”