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  •   Home > News > International

    Mother recovering from 27-year coma that left her with a brain injury

    A woman from Abu Dhabi woke from a 27-year coma after being seriously injured in a car accident in 1991, when she tried to protect her four-year-old son, who says he is now "flying with joy".

    A woman from the United Arab Emirates woke up from a coma last June, 27 years after suffering a serious brain injury in a 1991 car accident.

    Local media The National, reported doctors believed Munira Abdulla would never be able to open her eyes again, after the vehicle she was a passenger in collided with a school bus almost three decades ago.

    She was in a coma in various hospitals in the UAE, before regaining consciousness in a German hospital room last June, according to the article.

    The report said Ms Abdulla was protecting her four-year-old son in the collision by cradling him before the impact.

    Her son, Omar Webair, is now 32 years old and escaped with minor injuries and bruises to his head.

    Mr Webair spoke to The National, and described the situation as a miracle.

    "My mother was sitting with me in the back seat. When she saw the crash coming she hugged me to protect me from the blow," Mr Webair was quoted in the article.

    "I never gave up on her because I always had a feeling that one day she will wake up."

    Mr Webair was quoted saying his mother was left waiting for an ambulance for hours following the accident, and was unresponsive when she was taken to hospital.

    She spent years moving through hospitals, first in London, then around the UAE due to insurance restrictions.

    In 2017, Abu Dhabi's Crown Prince Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed gave the family a medical grant to transfer her to a hospital in Germany for treatment.

    Ms Abdullah was treated at the Schoen Clinic in Bad Aibling, around 50 kilometres south-east of Munich, up until the week she woke up.

    She underwent physical therapy, treatment for epilepsy and surgery to treat the weak muscles in her arms and legs.

    'She was calling my name'

    Ms Abdullah started to "make strange sounds" in her last week of treatment in Germany, her son said in the report.

    Three days later, Mr Webair woke up to the sound of his mother calling his name.

    "It was her. She was calling my name. I was flying with joy," Mr Webair said.

    "For years I have dreamt of this moment, and my name was the first word she said."

    Ms Abdulla is now able to communicate in a "reasonable manner" and is able to express where she is feeling pain.

    She is currently back in Abu Dhabi, being treated at Nafraq Hospital.

    "All those years, the doctors told me she was a hopeless case and that there was no point of the treatment," Mr Webair said.

    "I shared her story to tell people not to lose hope on their loved ones."

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