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COLLIN COUNTY (CBSDFW.COM) – A fall and possible knee replacement has left a city aquatic center shut down indefinitely. The City paid about $5 million to completely renovate the Plano Aquatic Center. Now, less than two years later, it’s closed until the city can be sure it’s safe.
Two months after he fell at the center, David Robb still wears a leg brace.
Robb says he still remembers when the accident happened. “Literally, I was just walking to the deep end. I had one more step to step into the pool and I dropped.”
Robb’s left leg plummeted nearly two feet, straight down through a grate.
“It gives me nightmares to remember landing and feeling the crunch,” he said. “It almost felt like I ripped it [leg] off.”
The tumble sent Robb forward into the pool. “Next thing [I knew] I hit the water and I’m in the water looking up.”
Robb says he fractured his shinbone, tore ligaments and cartilage, and will likely need a knee replacement.
An official with the City of Plano said, “At the time we thought it was an isolated incident.”
According to the City, the broken tile was repaired, but workers alter discovered hairline cracks underneath a number of others.
Saying they wanted to “take a hard look at it,” the pool was close and the City hired an outside engineering firm to inspect the facility and make recommendations for needed repairs.
Regardless of how it happened, Robb says he just wants to make sure that what happened to him doesn’t happen to anyone else.
“I hope they make the place safer,” said Robb after spending six weeks in a wheelchair. “It’s hard to be dependent on everyone around you, for everything you do… from the moment you wake up, through the night.”
Robb’s attorney has asked for video from the aquatic center. Letters to the city also show that he is also keeping tabs on mounting healthcare bills.
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