A woman from the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Munira Abdulla, who was seriously injured in a traffic accident in 1991 made a miraculous recovery and woke up from a coma after a long 27 years. Abdulla was 32 years old at the time of the accident and suffered a massive brain injury after the car she was traveling in met with an accident involving a bus while on the way to pick up her son from school. Omar Webair who was four at the time of the accident was unhurt while sitting in the back of the vehicle, his mother cradled him at the moment of impact so as to shield him.
It was Abdulla’s brother-in-law who was driving the car and was also left with serious injuries. Last year, he was able to regain consciousness in a German hospital. Omar opened up about the horrific accident and also shared about his mother’s progress. In an interview with UAE-based newspaper The National, he said, “I never gave up on her because I always had a feeling that one day she would wake up.”
“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. 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,” he added. He was unharmed with just a bruise, but his mother was not treated for many hours.
Abdulla was eventually taken to a hospital and then transferred to London where she was declared to be in a vegetative state though she was able to sense pain. She later returned to Al Ain and was moved from medical facility to facility based on insurance requirements. For a few years, she remained there and was fed through a tube and kept alive.
The family was offered a grant by the Crown Prince Court in 2017 for Abdulla to be taken to Germany. She then went through many surgeries and was given medicine to improve her state. Around a year later, her son was having an argument in her hospital room which caused her to stir. Omar shared, “There was a misunderstanding in the hospital room and she sensed I was at risk, which caused her a shock.”
“She was making strange sounds and I kept calling the doctors to examine her, they said everything was normal. Then, three days later, I woke up to the sound of someone calling my name. It was her! 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,” he continued. Over time, she became more responsive and has returned to Abu Dhabi where she is doing physiotherapy and is undergoing further rehabilitation.