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Dubai resident refuses to give up on wife in coma

She slipped into a coma on June 29 following an asthma attack. Even though doctors have declared Dubai resident Jody Ann Rodriguez to be in a state of “deep coma”, her husband refuses to give up hope of her survival. “Even if she has a one or two per cent chance of recovery, I want…

Dubai resident refuses to give up on wife in coma

She slipped into a coma on June 29 following an asthma attack.

Even though doctors have declared Dubai resident Jody Ann Rodriguez to be in a state of “deep coma”, her husband refuses to give up hope of her survival.

“Even if she has a one or two per cent chance of recovery, I want to give it a shot,” said Jody’s husband Jonathan Ali Khan, an acclaimed UAE-based underwater film maker who is also the managing director and founder of Wild Planet Productions.

Jody (56), slipped into coma on June 29, following an asthma attack.

Totally dependent on life support at a hospital in Dubai Investment Park, Jody – a mother of four – is currently in a grade three coma state as per the Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS).

The future course of her treatment is adding to the anxiety of the family as a federal law introduced in March this year requires the primary doctors to determine whether the patient’s brain damage is reversible or irreversible.

A committee of three doctors, including those from neurosciences department and an anaesthesiologist, will be formed to assess the level of responsiveness and investigate Jody’s case. The committee will then apprise the health authorities, and the patient’s family about the result. Jody’s doctor said: “The committee investigates the matter and then collectively takes a call whether the patient is brain dead or not.”

However, Khan would like to take his wife to a special neurological hospital in Italy, where he believes Jody has a better shot at surviving. “Every day we hear stories about people waking up from a coma,” said Khan. The film maker fears the new legislation would take away the family’s right to fight for Jody’s life.

‘We are following protocol’, says hospital

Her doctor pointed out: “Since this is the first ever case of brain death, the hospital will follow a very ‘specific criteria’ as per the new guidelines by the federal law.” The doctor said: “As per the new law, a committee of three consulting doctors of the hospital will be set up to probe Jody’s condition.” He added: “We will see if her brain function is reversible or irreversible and then conclude if it is brain death or not.” “We include the family of the patient in such difficult and emotionally challenging processes and always keep the regulatory guidance in our perspective. Our primary job is to protect, nurture and nourish life and we would continue doing the same,” the spokesperson of the hospital told Khaleej Times.

What happened to Jody?

According to doctors handling her case, Jody’s heart was not beating when she was brought to the emergency room of the hospital. “Which is why we initiated CPR on her, and revived her heart. She was then intubated and shifted to the ICU.” Khan told Khaleej Times that his wife has been an asthma patient since her childhood and the attack took place while he was at home.

The family’s woes have mounted since Khan is in the midst of a visa change and Jody didn’t have an insurance. The hospital bills have shot up to over Dh100,000, and Khan’s sister has launched a fund-raiser in the UK. “It’s barely enough to cover the hospital bills. Even if I want to fly to Europe, it would require an air ambulance,” said Khan.

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Two Indians die in quad bike accident in UAE

The other two injured – in their 20s – are being treated in the intensive care unit of the hospital. Two Indians – both aged 38 – died and two others sustained critical injuries when their quad bike flipped over multiple times trying to scale a sand dune in Al Badayer area of Al Madam…

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The other two injured – in their 20s – are being treated in the intensive care unit of the hospital.

Two Indians – both aged 38 – died and two others sustained critical injuries when their quad bike flipped over multiple times trying to scale a sand dune in Al Badayer area of Al Madam city on Friday. The accident happened at 7.20pm.

On being informed, a police patrol and ambulance arrived at the site and rushed them to Al Dhaid Hospital. Two of them were pronounced dead. The deceased suffered severe internal bleeding in the skull. The other two injured – in their 20s – are being treated in the intensive care unit of the hospital.

Police have launched an investigation into the incident.

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Fractures caused by osteoporosis can be life-threatening and a major cause of pain and long-term disability. Imagine your bones getting so weak that a sneeze or a sudden movement breaks them – that is what osteoporosis reduces bone health to. It is a silent enemy that creeps into our body as we age and bursts…

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Fractures caused by osteoporosis can be life-threatening and a major cause of pain and long-term disability.

Imagine your bones getting so weak that a sneeze or a sudden movement breaks them – that is what osteoporosis reduces bone health to. It is a silent enemy that creeps into our body as we age and bursts onto the scene in the form of fractures and unexplained pain. The disease generally has no symptoms and is rarely diagnosed until bones break or fracture. On the occasion of the World Osteoporosis Day marked globally on October 20 annually, doctors have urged the public to think about bone health.

Did you know that optimum bone mass is attained between 25 to 30 years? After that, bone mass reduces and by the age of 40, the rate of loss begins to exceed the rate of regeneration. If the peak bone mass attained is inadequate and if the person’s lifestyle does not support bone health, osteoporosis sets in.

According to global statistics, one in three women and one in five men aged 50 years and over will suffer an osteoporotic fracture. Fractures caused by osteoporosis can be life-threatening and a major cause of pain and long-term disability.

Dr Sadashiva Somayaji, specialist orthopaedic surgeon at the NMC Speciality Hospital, Abu Dhabi, said: “Osteoporosis, which literally means porous bone, is a disease in which the density and quality of bone are reduced. As bones become more porous and fragile, the risk of fracture is greatly increased. The loss of bone occurs silently and progressively. Osteoporosis-related fractures most commonly occur in the hip, wrist or spine.

“Our bones are living tissue and constantly changing. For people with osteoporosis, bone loss outpaces the growth of new bone, leading the bones become porous, brittle and prone to fracture,” he added.

Dr Khaled Bitar, specialist orthopaedic surgeon at the Burjeel Hospital Dubai, said:

“There are two main types of osteoporosis, the primary (more common) is related to hormonal changes that happens when we get older (after age of 60) and the other type which is secondary to other diseases that disturb normal bones metabolism (building up new bones and regeneration of old cells). Diagnosis starts with understanding patient history, and clinical examination. Routine X-ray usually tell about the strength of bone texture. Currently, we use a device called Dexa scan for diagnosis.”

Dr Suad Trebinjac, medical director of the Dubai Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation Centre, said: “People need to build strong bones throughout their life to avoid osteoporotic fractures. Many people do not even realise they have osteoporosis until a seemingly small fall leads to a fracture and the doctor informs them about the disease. Once it sets in, it becomes so difficult to manage.”

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The ministry advised citizens currently in Lebanon to contact the UAE Embassy in Beirut. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, MoFAIC, has warned UAE citizens against travelling to Lebanon until further notice due to recent security developments. Khalid Belhoul, MoFAIC Under-Secretary, has advised Emirati citizens currently in Lebanon to contact the UAE Embassy…

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The ministry advised citizens currently in Lebanon to contact the UAE Embassy in Beirut.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, MoFAIC, has warned UAE citizens against travelling to Lebanon until further notice due to recent security developments.

Khalid Belhoul, MoFAIC Under-Secretary, has advised Emirati citizens currently in Lebanon to contact the UAE Embassy in Beirut to arrange for their safe return home.

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Emirati citizens can call the following numbers for assistance: 009615928000, 0096171111856, or 009718004444.

Lebanon has been witnessing protests over deteriorating economic situations and the announcement of new taxes.

Saudi Arabia’s Embassy in Beirut also warned its citizens not to travel to Lebanon, and called on Saudi nationals already in the country to avoid protest areas.
Meanwhile, Kuwait’s embassy in Lebanon asked citizens wishing to travel to Lebanon to wait because of the current protests and unrest.

Bahrain warned against travel to Lebanon and called on its citizens in the country to leave immediately. 

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