Munira Omar visits the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi.
An Emirati woman opened her eyes and regained consciousness after spending 27 years in a coma induced by a serious brain injury, her family said on Wednesday.
Munira Omar was 32 when she was injured in a road traffic accident in 1991 after picking up her son Omar from school in the city of Al-Ain. Her story grabbed international headlines.
Omar survived — and lived to see his mother awake again decades later in a hospital bed in Germany, where she had been transferred for medical care.
"I always believed that my mother would get better," Omar, now 32 himself, told AFP by phone.
"Many doctors had told us not to expect much after being in a coma for 15 or 20 years, but I would not accept that.
A photo shows her in a wheelchair visiting the Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, where she now resides.
During her time in hospitals, she was tube-fed and underwent physiotherapy to prevent her muscles deteriorating.
"This is all in God's hands, and I never lost hope."
Omar said he travelled to Germany to be with his mother during her stay there, and rarely left her side.
She woke up in May, but her family chose to keep the news under wraps out of respect for her privacy, Omar said.
Now 60, Munira is in a stable condition and is now home in the UAE, after being enrolled in a physical rehabilitation programme, with her family nearby, according to Omar.
"We wanted to make sure that she was in a stable condition before we went public to share our experience," Omar said.
"We felt like we needed to share the story to give people going through the same or similar experiences hope."
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The decision was made in order to facilitate intensified sterilization procedures in the area, due to the high density of its population.
Worldwide, more than 788,000 people have been infected and 166,000 have recovered, according to Johns Hopkins University. Italy's death toll rose to nearly 11,600 — the highest in the world by far — but its rates of new infections were slowing.
Health ministry spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour said 3,111 new infections have been confirmed over the past 24 hours, bringing the total to 44,606. He said 3,703 of those hospitalised are in a critical condition and 14,656 have recovered.
The announcement brings the country's tally of confirmed virus cases up to 289, according to ministry's spokesman Dr. Abdullah Al-Sanad. In addition, 216 virus patients are still receiving necessary treatment, while 13 others are in intensive care units.