A United Arab Emirates woman emerged from a nearly three-decade coma last year, her son disclosed this week to UAE newspaper The National.
Munira Abdulla was seriously injured in a 1991 traffic accident at age 32, sustaining a severe brain injury when she shielded her four-year-old son from the impact of a collision between the car she was traveling in and a bus, according to the newspaper.
"I never gave up on her because I always had a feeling that one day she would wake up," Abdulla’s son Omar, now 32, told the newspaper Monday. "The reason I shared her story is to tell people not to lose hope on their loved ones; don't consider them dead when they are in such a state.”
Abdulla, when visited in the hospital, was able to answer questions with some difficulty and recite verses from the Quran, according to the newspaper.
Abdulla spent several years in UAE hospitals being moved to different facilities due to insurance constraints. The UAE’s high court gave the family a grant for a comprehensive multidisciplinary program at Schoen Clinic in Germany, where she was when she emerged from the coma, according to the newspaper.
In Europe, Abdulla was able to receive surgery to treat weakened muscles in her limbs.
“Our 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,” Dr. Ahmad Ryll, her neurologist at the clinic, told the newspaper.