Dubai: 5 years after she really had a correct sun-n-sand expertise on the seashore, Fatma Zaal Zaal Al Khamis was really capable of savour the briny air and listen to the calming lap of waves at 7am on Wednesday morning on the Jumeirah Seaside right here from a hospital stretcher.
Tethered safely to the stretcher and assisted by a workforce of nurses, paramedics and medical doctors of Prime Hospital, Al Khamis was wheeled as near the waves as doable as she silently watched the attractive dawn and listened to the waves — her masked face trying blissful, her drained eyes squinting within the daylight. She whispered Jazzakahllah (might God bless you) to the physician and the nurses. Her voice, hoarse as a result of variety of tubes fastened to help her, sounded completely happy and calm.
It may need been the final time the 72-year-old terminally-ill widow visited the seashore. Her physique ravaged by a bunch of co-morbidities together with diabetes, stroke and hypertension, had already develop into very frail. Solely this yr the medical doctors at Prime Hospital found that she had cervical most cancers that had metasised into varied organs.
Dr Dirar Abdallah, Specialist in Inside Medication and head of the Intensive Care Unit on the Prime Hospital, who accompanied the affected person within the ambulance to the seashore informed Gulf Information: “Fatma is like household to us now. For the final two years she has been out and in of the hospital a number of instances. She had diabetes and hypertension, hypertension and excessive ldl cholesterol, then she suffered a stroke and was handled.
“Six weeks in the past when she was admitted to the ICU, we found that she additionally had stage 4 cervical most cancers which had metasised in her stomach. Now we have carried out some palliative care surgical procedures to make her snug and are giving her palliative medicines to maintain her ache free. There’s not a lot we will do. For a few years Fatma has been confined to the mattress and has been unable to exit and expertise the outside, she has been actually wanting to really feel the seashore air on the face and listen to the waves. Since her distant relative his her caregiver, we on the hospital have develop into her prolonged household and determined to do our greatest to provide her this happiness.”
Marianne Siritanu, Director of Nursing at Prime Hospital, who accompanied the affected person informed Gulf Information: “That is the primary time we determined to fulfil the want of a terminally unwell affected person. The employees on the ICU is emotionally hooked up to Fatma and since she requested many instances to go to the seashore, we determined to make it logistically doable for her. I bought collectively the ICU nurse, the home-care nurse, the ambulance paramedics, Dr Abdallah and myself together with the ambulance driver made positive we had all the things within the ambulance to assist the affected person. We carried all of the medicines, oxygen and so on. together with the employees who might intervene in case of any emergency for this journey.
“It was solely a 20-minute keep on the seashore, however it took us days to plan and make it doable, we’re so completely happy we have been capable of give a lot happiness to Fatmah. She blessed all of us.”