Mother says critically injured Johansen High student showing signs of improvement after Turlock crash

local@modbee.comDecember 24, 2013 

— Calling it “the best Christmas Eve ever in my life,” Jodi McClure reported that her son Robert Penton, 17, is showing signs of improvement.

The Johansen High basketball player was gravely injured in a car accident Dec. 7. Emergency crews spent an hour getting him out of the wreckage, in which Robert suffered brain injuries and a broken femur in the accident.

In and out of a medically-induced coma, he was transferred over the weekend to a medical facility in Vacaville.

On Sunday, doctors predicted he would always need a ventilator, his mother said. But on Monday, he started breathing on his own.

The next day, McClure sent out this message: “He’s opening his eyes and closing them. In and out of consciousness but opening and closing like I haven’t seen before.”

McClure said Robert was to remain sedated for the rest of the day and get breathing and feeding tubes better placed today, with sedation lifted as he improves.

The family has started a Bank of America account for Robert Penton to help with expenses.

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