It was in 1991 when 32-year-old Munira Abdulla picked up her then 4-year-old son Omar from school.
The mother’s car collided with a school bus, leaving her with a severe brain injury. The child suffered only a bruise but she was left in a coma.
Even though doctors said she would never wake up again, Omar, now 32, never gave up hope that his mom would regain consciousness.
Last year, Abdulla finally woke up, according to a news outlet from the United Arab Emirates ‘The National’. Her accident occurred in UAE but she was moved to a hospital in Germany where she regained consciousness last year.
Omar told The National: “I never gave up on her because I always had a feeling that one day she will wake up.”
He also said that her mother’s brother-in-law drove her to pick him up at school as “there was no bus at the school to take me home.” His mother sat next to him in the backseat when the accident happened.
“When she saw the crash coming she hugged me to protect me from the blow,” he recalled.
Omar also said he waited hours for help as they didn’t have a cell phone to call emergency services in 1991. She was then taken to a hospital and moved to a hospital in London.
“She was completely unresponsive, with next to no awareness of her surroundings. Doctors diagnosed a minimally conscious state,” The National reported.
The mother was sent back to a hospital in Al Ain where she was tube-fed. Omar would come to the hospital every day, walking over a mile to see her.
“I never regretted it. I believe that, because of my support for her, God saved me from bigger troubles,” he expressed.
It was in 2017 when the Crown Prince Court found out of Abdulla’s story and provided them a grant to transfer her to Germany for more treatment. She then received surgery to treat her muscles.
“We did not even ask for the grant. I am grateful to Sheikh Mohamed [bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi] for that. Our leaders are always supportive in such situations and we are thankful for it,” Omar said.
Dr. Ahmad Pyll, a neurologist who treated the mother, said the hospital’s “primary goal was to grant her fragile consciousness the opportunity to develop and prosper in a healthy body, like a delicate plant that needs good soil to grow.”
Speaking about the day she woke up, Omar told The National: “She was calling my name. I was flying with joy. For years I have dreamt of this moment, and my name was the first word she said.”
Abdulla continues to undergo treatment in Abu Dhabi. She also managed to visit the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.
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