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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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Worker in UAE stabs roommate over wrong recipe

He allegedly stabbed him using a kitchen knife. An Asian worker was charged with insult and fighting with his roommate at the Ras Al Khaimah Criminal Court after he allegedly stabbed him using a kitchen knife leading to a permanent disability. As per the court records, the case unfolded when the duo had a heated…

Worker in UAE stabs roommate over wrong recipe

He allegedly stabbed him using a kitchen knife.

An Asian worker was charged with insult and fighting with his roommate at the Ras Al Khaimah Criminal Court after he allegedly stabbed him using a kitchen knife leading to a permanent disability.

As per the court records, the case unfolded when the duo had a heated argument over a “wrong recipe” for a dish.

The duo allegedly swore at each other and got involved in a brawl. The forensic report showed the roommate suffered a permanent disability in his hand after the accused slashed his wrist.

Both of them were referred to the public prosecution where they were charged with swearing and assaulting each other. One of them had an additional charge of causing a permanent disability. The case was referred to the RAK Criminal Court where the accused said he was angry after the victim insulted him for telling him about the incorrectly cooked dish.

However, the roommate denied the charges and said that he did not insult or assault the accused. He added that the defendant harshly insulted him for using a wrong recipe and then stabbed him.

The court ordered adjournment of the case to a later time for ruling.

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Ahmed Shaaban

Originally from Egypt, I have been in Dubai since December 2005. Before coming here, I worked as an English language instructor, chief En/Ar translator, proofreader, reporter in Egypt and Qatar. I have also worked as a reporter, correspondent and simultaneous translator with two satellite channels in Dubai. I have a masters degree in media, Cairo University, 2014, a bachelor degree in English language and translation, Ain Shams University, Cairo, 1996, and three post-graduate diplomas in English language and Instruction. With over 19 years of experience in translation, interpretation, EFL instruction, and reporting. I am interested in technology, aviation, politics, as well as community, parliament and defence issues. I enjoy reading, writing, exercising, and surfing the web.

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Video: Sheikh Mohammed spends birthday with grandkids

Sheikh Mohammed is celebrating his 70th birthday today. To celebrate his 70th birthday, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai spent his time relaxing with his family. In a video shared by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of…

Video: Sheikh Mohammed spends birthday with grandkids

Sheikh Mohammed is celebrating his 70th birthday today.

To celebrate his 70th birthday, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai spent his time relaxing with his family.

In a video shared by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai on social media, the Dubai Ruler can be seen flocked by his grandchildren as he exits a car. Sheikh Mohammed lovingly interacts with them – exchanging greetings and conversing with his grandkids.

#Family ?? pic.twitter.com/jabuoM3kDH
– Hamdan bin Mohammed (@HamdanMohammed) July 15, 2019

The video then segues to a moment when Sheikh Hamdan carries one of them and the baby is seen trying to catch Sheikh Mohammed’s attention.

Sheikh Mohammed is celebrating his 70th birthday today. He was born on July 15, 1949, at the Al Maktoum house in Al Shindagha. He is the third of Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum’s four sons. His brothers are Sheikh Maktoum, Sheikh Hamdan and Sheikh Ahmed. His mother was Sheikha Latifa bint Hamdan Al Nahyan, daughter of Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, a former ruler of Abu Dhabi.

 

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England win Cricket World Cup after Super Over drama

England were all out for 241 on the last ball of the 50th over, chasing New Zealand’s 241 for eight. England won the Cricket World Cup for the first time after New Zealand matched their 15 in a Super Over but lost on fewer boundaries scored in the match after an extraordinary final at Lord’s…

England win Cricket World Cup after Super Over drama

England were all out for 241 on the last ball of the 50th over, chasing New Zealand’s 241 for eight.

England won the Cricket World Cup for the first time after New Zealand matched their 15 in a Super Over but lost on fewer boundaries scored in the match after an extraordinary final at Lord’s was tied on Sunday.

England were all out for 241 on the last ball of the 50th over, chasing New Zealand’s 241 for eight.

England scored 14 in the last over but Mark Wood was run out seeking the second run that would have won it for the hosts.

Ben Stokes, who finished on 84 not out, came back for the Super Over with Jos Buttler amid scenes never before seen at the home of cricket.

New Zealand needed two off the last ball of Jofra Archer’s over but Martin Guptill was run out coming back for the second run and England triumphed due to hitting more boundaries on the day.

England, three-times runners-up previously, had bowled and fielded superbly to restrict 2015 runners-up New Zealand to 241-8, with Liam Plunkett and Chris Woakes each taking three wickets.

Henry Nicholls made 55 and Tom Latham 47 without ever really looking comfortable but the score began to look challenging as England slumped to 86-4 before Stokes and Buttler put on 110 to set up the amazing finale.

 

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