Selected Patient Quality-of-Life Stories
Mansoor, a four-year old Emirati pediatric patient, will be able to go home and live with his family for the first time as a result of the expert care he received at NMC ProVita International Medical Center in Abu Dhabi.
Mansoor Ali Salem AlGashani was hospitalised at birth. A premature baby and one of quadruplets, he was born with a number of serious health issues, including chronic lung disease. Mansoor was treated at several Abu Dhabi-based facilities before he was transferred to NMC ProVita, where he underwent a tracheostomy and gastrostomy tube feeding and received around-the-clock medical and nursing care.
After two years on a ventilator, Mansoor is now able to breathe without assistance. A clever child who speaks four languages, the Minions fan can now eat, drink and do everything that other four-year olds do. One of his doctors explained that Mansoor is more comfortable now, and said that he enjoys sitting outside his
room and communicating with staff and families.
NMC ProVita patients have 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 NMC ProVita. Some of the patients have shown tremendous improvement of their condition and are taking part in daily life activities on a level they or their families had never hoped to achieve.
Tamer, a 45-year-old was admitted to NMC ProVita International Medical Center, Abu Dhabi inpatient Multi-Disciplinary Medical Rehabilitation Program in March 2018, diagnosed with brain stroke which resulted in severe weakness in his right upper and lower limbs, swallowing difficulties, pain in his right hip and low spirits. He had become dependent with all activities of daily living and required rigorous physiotherapy amongst other treatments to reverse the negative impact of the stroke.
Having improved drastically in the last two months and with only a short way to go in his journey of recovery, Tamer has been discharged from NMC ProVita with the appropriate knowledge and treatment methods to continue recovering from home. Tamer and his wife , are grateful for the kindness, attention and devotion they received from NMC ProVita’s full staff and consider them to be their home away from home
When Ghadeer first came to us in 2016, she was unable to turn her head, roll or interact with anyone, therapy sessions used to be very short as she would just not participate and would cry a lot. Right now she is able to independently turn her head to either side, roll independently in bed. She enjoys her therapy sessions now and participates well. She is able to sit with no support (wide base of support) with good head control for 40minutes-sometimes more. She is able to manipulate objects and reach for toys while sitting or standing in the tilt table. She has shown even more progress following the routine the Physiotherapist and the SLP have put in place just over 2months ago. whereby she is now interacting well with people as well as during therapy sessions. She is smiling now and making sounds and has become inquisitive to explore different things and just play. We are very proud of her success and we know she will continue to improve day by day
Yusra Yasser Ali Yasser Mayouf Alhattali
Yusra was born with a motor neurone disease, which led to chronic respiratory failure requiring permanent ventilation support. She came to NMC ProVita at the age of 22 years, after being in ICU/bound to bed for 13 years. Yusra has a passion for arts and NMC ProVita committed to make her dream come true. She has contributed to two national art fairs since admission. She is considered NMC ProVita’s artist in residence and is now attending school five times a week in order to complete a Bachelors degree in Art.
Shaikha Hazza Echtibi
6-year-old Shaikha was first admitted to NMC 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 NMC 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 behavior. 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 progress. 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.
Abdullah Ali Al-Dhaheri
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 NMC 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 NMC ProVita team has conducted home visits to ensure a smooth transition.
Baba is a 72 year old Emirati gentleman, suffering from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). Baba had been a patient in NMC 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 breath. After coordination with Saudi Airlines, a local ambulance in Jeddah, and the hotel in Mecca, NMC 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.