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UAE boy who choked on rambutan is out of coma

3-year-old who nearly suffocated on fruit moved to paediatric ward

  • By Aghaddir Ali, Staff Reporter
  • Published: 20:30 March 25, 2013
  • Gulf News

Saif Theeb Ali Al Shamisi
  • Image Credit: Supplied picture
  • Saif Theeb Ali Al Shamisi is recovering in the hospital. He choked on a fruit and was on a coma for five days.

Al Ain: A three-year-old Emirati boy has come out of a five-day coma after choking on the fruit rambutan and unsuccessful efforts to clear his airway until he was treated by emergency medical authorities.

The boy, identified as Saif Theeb Ali Al Shamisi from Al Ain, is slowly recovering, officials at Tawam Hospital said, but he will remain hospitalised until he is in stable condition.

Saif was transferred from the Intensive Care Unit to the paediatric section of Tawam Hospital on Sunday.

“The boy has recovered and is better now. He has come out of coma but he still needs observing by the medical team to make sure there are no complications later,” the official said.

“Thank to Almighty Allah my son has recovered and he is out of danger, but I want him to return to what he was before when he is discharged from hospital,” said the boy’s mother.

Earlier this month, the boy’s father told Gulf News that he was shocked to see the whole rambutan fruit slipping down the boy’s throat. After that the boy could not breathe because the fruit had become lodged in his airway.

“I turned my son upside down and started beating his back in an attempt to remove the fruit from his mouth. But it did not work and his face turned blue. He was hardly breathing…I took him quickly to Tawam Hospital,” the father said.

“I really appreciate the efforts of the medical team who saved the life of my son… they spent about 20 minutes to remove the fruit from my son’s mouth and resuscitated him,” he said.

Comments (15)

  1. Added 21:06 March 26, 2013

    Mashallah. Shukher alhamdulillah.

    Tanya, Abudhabi, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 19:47 March 26, 2013

    Very Happy to hear about his health that he is out of danger may Allah give him long long life to live with his entire family.

    Naqibullah Sharif, Kabul, Afghanistan

  3. Added 19:43 March 26, 2013

    Alhamdhulillah... Get well soon....

    Nather, Dubai, India

  4. Added 19:06 March 26, 2013


    Syed Faizuddin, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  5. Added 17:43 March 26, 2013

    Alhamdulilah ( Thanks to Allah )

    Mohammed Asif, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  6. Added 17:38 March 26, 2013


    JB, DUBAI, United Arab Emirates

  7. Added 17:26 March 26, 2013

    Thank God! Get well soon sweetheart!

    Maude Rego, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  8. Added 16:23 March 26, 2013

    I know how difficult it is at that moment i have faced same with my son with the hard sweet and was stuck in his throat, i remember i did the same thing to bring the big hard sweet from his mouth and i could not do that but somehow he swallowed it by then he was almost blue and he held his chest and throat, oh my God but he was fine after sometime and i pray to God that Saif will also be fine and completley normal.

    velly, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  9. Added 15:47 March 26, 2013

    Isn't it a bit of Common Sense that a 3 year old is prone to Choke over fruits like Grapes, Cherries and Cherry Tomatoes too..? Rambutan is quite slippery and should be cut and given. He is very fortunate to be back with us today and should be an example for many.

    maggie, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  10. Added 15:36 March 26, 2013


    FAIZ, SHARJHA, United Arab Emirates

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