Life is full of ups and downs, but no one imagines that they are going to break down on the highway and suffer life-changing trauma. And that is precisely the situation that Robin van Roosmalen faces after being hit by a truck while he was waiting on the shoulder.
Before the accident, van Roosmalen was a highly successful kickboxing champion with his sights set on MMA. Given his commitment to training and wellness, there was no doubt that he was the perfect candidate for Cibdol’s sports sponsorship program. But no one could have foreseen the events that took place on January 13, 2021.
The accident that changed Van Roosmalen’s life
“On January 13 I had a horrible accident,” explains Van Roosmalen. “My car had broken down in the middle of the highway, and I was waiting on the shoulder for help to arrive, when suddenly a truck appeared and ran over me and my sister.”
Not surprisingly, the injuries from a collision of that scope were quite severe. Van Roosmalen does not remember exactly what happened immediately after the accident, but he does remember when the doctors informed him of the extent of the damage. “The injuries were very serious. My pelvis was split in half, and in my back I had several broken bones and some clots.”
Operations began immediately, and in the first surgery her pelvis was attached with plates and iron nails. But complications soon arose, and Van Roosmalen developed an MRSA infection. In the second operation they put in a surgical drain to help with clots: “I had to move around with the drain for about ten weeks.”
The road to recovery
Van Roosmalen is very athletic and takes great care of his physical and mental well-being. After all, he is a top-tier fighter, and any hint of weakness could spell disaster in the ring. However, he never imagined that his health and fitness would save him from a far worse fate. “Luckily, all the previous training helped me,” says van Roosmalen, pointing to his body. “A lot of the damage was done to my muscles, but it could have been a lot worse.”
Although the first operations were successful, he had a much tougher trajectory ahead of him: rehabilitation and recovery. During that time, van Roosmalen’s fighting spirit was put to the test, and he himself admits that he went through some very bad times.
“To be honest, the first five months were hell. The first month I was in a wheelchair, and the second I started walking on crutches. But because of the drainage, the first ten weeks I was sitting all the time. When they took it away from me, I started physiotherapy to strengthen the body”.
Despite being used to training, these physiotherapy sessions were very different from his usual routine: “At the moment, my training program is to do physiotherapy three times a week under close supervision.”
When we ask him about the future, van Roosmalen smiles. “The most important thing right now is to gain strength to be able to lead a normal life, but it’s impossible to contain a fighter,” he adds. “As to whether I’ll be able to fight again, we’ll have to wait and see, but the recovery starts now.”
CBD consumption to enhance training and recovery
Van Roosmalen knows that it will take him a while to get back to normal, but he is grateful that he is not alone. “I am very grateful for the support of Cibdol. They have not only supported me during my recovery, but the CBD supplements have also helped me a lot.” CBD was already part of van Roosmalen’s lifestyle before the accident, and while his circumstances have changed, the benefits of CBD have not.
“I take 10% CBD oil drops to help my mind and body relax during the day, but my favorite supplement is Complete Sleep. I take it before bed to make it easier to fall asleep. Not only does it prevent not make my head spin, but also allows me to sleep soundly”.
There is no doubt that Robin van Roosmalen is very lucky to be alive, but we find his resilience very inspiring. If you want to read about his experiences and find out more about his recovery process, how he deals with the loss of his biggest fan, and how he gets through, the fighter is going to publish a book in 2022.
In the meantime, we’ll continue to monitor your progress and support you in any way we can. Join us in wishing him a speedy recovery!