- An OFW in Dubai finally woke up from a nine-month coma
- She’s on her way to full recovery with the help of Rashid Hospital
- The Filipina said she is now looking forward to going home to see her family
An overseas Filipino worker (OFW) in Dubai has finally awaken from a nine-month coma and is now ready to go home to her family; many thanks to the exceptional care she received from a hospital and the love of people who helped her recover.
The Filipina, identified in a Gulf News story as Perlite Almonte, 35 years old, used to work as supervisor for a Dubai courier company.
In April 18, 2015, she was found unconscious inside the bathroom of the house where she was staying. She has since slipped into a coma.
According to Dr. Zeyad Al Rais, Head of Critical Care Department at Rashid Hospital, the Filipina suffered from intracerebral hemorrhage – a life-threatening type of stroke caused by bleeding within the brain tissue.
“Perlite suffered from an intracerebral hemorrhage due to aneurysmal bleeding,” said Dr. Al Rais.
She had to undergo surgical intervention to drain the blood. But due to the critical location of the bleeding, the respiratory and hemodynamic functions were affected and she had to be attached to a ventilator for more than two weeks.
“Hence the decision was taken to perform tracheostomy, which helped her to gradually be weaned off the mechanical ventilation,” the doctor explained. “We also started early physiotherapy to enhance her muscular power, while she was in coma.” (Continue reading the story on next page)