Extreme Makeover: Home Edition   -  About the Episode

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Life changed dramatically two short years ago for 22-year-old Robert Gil and his family -- his mom, Pat, his stepfather, Lon Zitek, his sister, Nisha Gil, and his 13-year-old brother, Andrew Zitek -- when Robert was involved in a devastating car accident that resulted in him becoming paralyzed from the neck down. After the accident, Robert's mother, Pat Zitek, quit her job as a successful real estate agent to take care of her son full-time. Unfortunately, the family home in Ventura, California was not so accommodating. After his accident, Robert moved into the bottom level of his family's tri-level house, which had been serving as the recreation room. He was no longer able to go upstairs or to other places in his house, and could only enter the home through the front door. In the possible event of an emergency, someone had to stay in the house with him at all times, since he couldn't open the doors to the outside. Among other inconveniences for him, the clothes in his closet were hung too high, he couldn't access his medication on his own, and the bathtub and shower were difficult to use without his mom and stepdad's help.

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