A WOMAN has woken from a coma, 27 years after she first slipped into unconsciousness following a serious road accident.
Munira Abdulla suffered significant brain damage after her car collided with a school bus in the United Arab Emirates in Al Ain back in 1991.
The 32-year-old Munira had just picked up her four-year-old son, Omar, when the accident occurred.
Though Omar escaped with bruising to the head, Munira’s injuries were so significant, doctors questioned whether she would ever open her eyes again.
Now, in something approaching a modern miracle, Munira has regained consciousness nearly three decades on from the crash.
Speaking to UAE newspaper The National, Omar, who is now 32, said: "I never gave up on her because I always had a feeling that one day she will wake up.”
“My mother was sitting with me in the back seat [when the accident happen]. When she saw the crash coming she hugged me to protect me from the blow,”
Munira regained consciousness in a German hospital last year and has been responding well to treatment ever since.
She’s been treated in hospitals all over Europe, including one in Germany, thanks to a state grant the family received from the crown prince court.
Munira has so far been able to answer questions and can also recite verses from the Quran. She is continuing to receive treatment in Abu Dhabi.
A report from Mafraq Hospital states she is “currently able to communicate in a very reasonable manner, especially in familiar situations”.
“All those years, the doctors told me she was a hopeless case and that there was no point of the treatment I was seeking for her, but whenever in doubt I put myself in her place and did whatever I could to improve her condition,” Omar told The National.
Her treatment and recovery continue.