Selected Resident Quality of Life Stories

ProVita residents are in very serious health conditions, requiring complex and high level medical and rehabilitative support. Some of them have never left an ICU unit before being transferred to ProVita. Some of the residents have shown tremendous improvement of their condition and are taking part in daily life activities on a level they or their families never had hoped for.

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Baba

72 years old

Baba is a 72 year old Emirati gentleman, suffering from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). Baba had been a resident in ProVita for three years when his two sons approached the CEO about assisting them on taking their father on his Umrah, the pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia. According to the family, Baba had made Umrah every year until 2007, when he was stricken with ALS. The clinical and administrative team set about the task of operationalizing a trip to Mecca for a patient who was bedbound and required a ventilator to breathe. After coordination with Saudi Airlines, a local ambulance in Jeddah, and the hotel in Mecca, ProVita was able to coordinate the trip and sent two nurses and a critical care doctor with Baba and his family. In the early hours of the morning, with his two nurses, a doctor and surrounded by his family, Baba performed Tawaf around the Kaaba and fulfilled his dream.

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Yusra Yasser Ali Yasser Mayouf Alhattali

28 years

Yusra was born with a motor neurone disease, which led to chronic respiratory failure requiring permanent ventilation support. She came to ProVita at the age of 22 years, after being in ICU/bound to bed for 13 years. Yusra has a passion for arts and ProVita committed to make her dream come true. She has contributed to two national art fairs since admission. She is considered ProVita’s artist in residence and is now attending school five times a week in order to complete a Bachelors degree in Art.

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Abdulla Ali Saif Al-Kaabi

30 years old

Abdulla suffers from Relapsing Polychondritis (characterised by an inflammation and deterioration of cartilage), as well as respiratory failure and anxiety disorders. He was fully dependent and bedridden. Physical therapy has been focusing on engaging Abdullah in therapeutic exercises to improve muscle strength, range of movement, proprioception, gross motor coordination and balance. Activities include gait training, stair climbing, cycling and strength training exercises with weights. Following his admission to ProVita, Abdulla has made big improvements and is no longer dependent on a ventilator. His muscle strength is also much improved and and he is able to feed orally. Abdulla is no longer anxious and he relaxes in his room playing the play station, goes on outings to the cinema and actively engages in social activities at ProVita. Abdulla is very much looking forward to visiting a football stadium very soon.

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Bader Mubarak Saif Al-Salehi

29 years old

Bader has spent the majority of his life confined to a hospital bed with very little mobility and requiring continuous ventilation. First diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (a rapidly progressive form of muscular dystrophy) in his early teens, Bader was able to walk with difficulty until the age of around nine when his muscle weakness deteriorated and he became bedridden. As his condition worsened, Bader suffered respiratory failure and cardiomyopathy (enlarged heart); his ability to communicate was also severely affected.Bader’s family were forced to witness his decline feeling powerless to help his situation. On admission to ProVita in Al Ain earlier this year, Bader’s quality of life was severely compromised and one of the main priorities for the team developing his care plan was to improve this as much as possible. Bader’s physical therapy program has been aimed at providing therapeutic exercises to improve range of movement and muscle strength, as well as maintaining proper alignment and improving his head control.A fun-loving and sociable young man, Bader is now able to sit in a wheelchair and enjoys social outings and activities, which have greatly impacted his self-esteem and sense of belonging.

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Shaikha Hazza Echtibi

6 years old

6-year-old Shaikha was first admittedn to ProVita Abu Dhabi and is now cared for in Al Ain. She faced severe physical and social problems, meaning daily life was an incredible challenge for the little girl and her family. Having spent much of her early life in the US undergoing various treatments, Sheikha came to ProVita requiring ventilation on a nightly basis and experienced a range of issues interacting with people, such as an inability to make eye contact and frequent rocking behaviour. Proprioceptive difficulties meant Sheikha was unable to walk and was afraid of making basic movements. Thanks to physical, occupational and speech therapy Sheikha has made significant developments. She is now attending a local mainstream school twice a week and plans are underway to for Shaikha to start at a school for children with special needs on a full time basis. Shaika can walk independently, put on her shoes and engages in grooming and dressing activities with assistance.

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Abdullah Ali Al-Dhaheri

16 months old

Abdullah was born severely premature and suffered from chronic lung disease, leading to oxygen dependency and significant mobility and motor function problems. Since being admitted to ProVita, Abdullah has achieved remarkable milestones in his development and his family are delighted that he has recently been discharged home. Abdullah’s physical therapy focused on trunk control and balance through prone and sitting work, followed by supported standing and weight-bearing by kneeling. Through occupational therapy he has developed the use of his arms and hands to support, reach, grasp, and hold.He also engaged in play therapy to encourage exploration and free play on the floor. Abdullah is now able to roll, sit without support, wave and clap bringing great pleasure to his family.The ProVita team has conducted home visits to ensure a smooth transition.