Paralytic battles on despite odds

DUBAI — He became a paralytic when he was just 10 years old after he suffered multiple injuries and brain damage in a road mishap on the Dubai-Sharjah Highway.


Afkar Ali Ahmed

Published: Sat 29 Jul 2006, 11:48 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 1:48 PM

Yemeni national Hassan Abdullah Hamoud is now 22 and continues to be totally paralysed lying in bed fed by tubes. His father Abdullah Hamouda, who has been looking after him, has lost his job and there is no money to continue the medical treatment.

Hassan's parents sold their house and borrowed money from friends and relatives to provide all possible means of treatment to ease his pain, but all their efforts have proved futile.

Speaking to Khaleej Times with tears in his eyes, Hamouda, said that he suffered a lot when he lost his two other sons in the accident in 1994, but accepted it as the will of God and decided to do all he could for the survival of Hassan.

He said that he used to spend Dh5,000 a month on his son's medical treatment including physiotherapy and neurological medicines as well as the food fed to him by tube. But after he lost his job, he does not know what to do, especially because he has other five children who also need to be looked after.

Hamouda said that he has been asked to vacate the house where they currently live in Dubai because the entire area will be demolished to give way for new development projects by next month.

"I approached a charity organisation which offered me little money which was insufficient to even cover the cost of medicine for my son. I am hopeful to get help from people of goodwill whose contributions would enable me keep my family together and prevent my children from going stray and Hassan from dying. I have become helpless after I had lost my job. I only need help for my son Hassan was an innocent child who didn't know 12 years ago what unfortunate fate awaits him."

The medical reports show that Hassan had sustained severe injuries in the brain. He was then admitted unconscious to the ICU of Al Qasimi Hospital and was provided with artificial respiratory system. His severe brain injuries caused him uncontrollable passing of urine and stool and limb paralysis. The X-rays showed that he had weakness in the facial muscles, 100 per cent damage in the left and right sides of the brain and expansion in the third and fourth ventricles of the heart.

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