Mother wakes after spending nearly 30 years in vegetative state

Mother wakes after spending nearly 30 years in vegetative state

Her son Omar Webair told The National it appeared to make his mother more responsive.

Yet Mr Weibar wouldn't give up on his mother, walking nearly four kilometres every day to visit her in hospital and sitting with her for hours on end in the hopes she would one day wake.

They were sat in the back seat when the bus hit the vehicle and Ms Abdullah threw herself protectively around him.

While Omar escaped with just a bruise to the head, his mother suffered a traumatic brain injury that wasn't treated for several hours, leaving her in a coma doctors feared she would never wake from. She can communicate in portions, and usually recites the Quran with Omar.

The National reports that after being transferred to a London hospital following the crash, Ms Abdulla was determined to be in a minimally conscious state.

Munira Abdulla was left completely unresponsive when a bus rammed into her vehicle.

She was then returned to Al Ain, a city in the UAE on the border with Oman where she lived, and moved to various medical facilities according to insurance requirements.

Munira was then sent to the UAE, where for years she was fed through a tube and provided with physiotherapy to stop her muscles deteriorating through lack of movement.

A year later, Webair was involved in an argument with doctors over her care in her hospital room.

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"There was a misunderstanding in the hospital room and she sensed I was at risk which caused her a shock".

There, she underwent a number of surgeries to correct her severely shortened arm and leg muscles, and she was given medication to improve her state, including her wakefulness.

"She was making odd sounds and I kept calling the doctors to examine her, they said everything was normal".

Days later she uttered his name for the first time in decades, and now she is able to recite prayers and hold conversations with her loved ones.

Around a year later she began making unusual sounds, and within three days she called out to Omar using his name.

And her first word was calling out Omar's name.

In April 2017, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, heard about her case and gave her family a grant for more treatment.

She has now returned to Abu Dhabi with her family, where she continues to receive treatment.

It is impossible to predict the chances of someone in a state of impaired consciousness improving, says the UK's National Health Service.

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