A woman Munira Abdulla 59, from the United Arab Emirates, UAE, has regained consciousness after spending 27 years in a vegetative state. The lady was seriously injured in a traffic accident in 1991.
Ms Abdulla, who was 32 at the time of the crash, had just picked up her son Omar, 4,driven by her brother-in-law from school in Al Ain before the accident. Omar escaped with just a bruise to his head but his mother suffered such serious damage that doctors doubted she would ever recover.
During the short journey, the car she was travelling in collided with a bus. Omar Webair, who was then just four years old, was sitting in the back of the vehicle with his mother but he was unscathed because his mother cradled him in her arms moments before the accident.
But in April 2017, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, heard of her case and gave her family a grant for treatment. Ms Abdulla was flown to Germany where she underwent surgeries to repair her muscles while being given medication to improve her sleep patterns.
But last year, following rehabilitation in Germany, she began to make noises as she tried to call out to son Omar after hearing him arguing in her hospital room.
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.
Omar, now 32, told UAE newspaper The National: “I never gave up on her because I always had a feeling that one day she will wake up.” My mother was left untreated for hours after the accident. She was eventually taken to hospital and later transferred to London. There, she was declared to be in a vegetative state but able to sense pain.
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. She remained there for a few years, fed through a tube and kept alive. She underwent physiotherapy to ensure her muscles would not weaken through lack of movement.