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Fervent plea to help Natalie, who fights for her survival

She’s been in coma, on ventilators, had blood clots in her lung, paralysis, temporary loss of sight and massive hair loss, but continues to battle for life after freak mishap at hotel

  • By Sharmila Dhal, Senior Reporter
  • Published: 00:00 July 19, 2012

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  • Natalie Jane Creane, a Dubai resident, is currently in the ICU at Rashid Hospital. A freak accident at a hotel has left her with a brain injury and fighting for survival.
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Dubai A Dubai-based Briton went into a drug-induced coma on Sunday, for the fifth time since an alleged hotel accident in the capital in 2008, even as a social media campaign has been launched to seek help for the 33-year-old.

As the “Justice for Natalie” campaign gained momentum on Facebook, Twitter and in an online petition ahead of a court hearing on August 9, the family said all they want is the best possible health care for Natalie so that she can lead a normal life again.

Natalie has been in coma, on the ventilators, had blood clots in her lung and leg, extreme blood toxicity, paralysis, temporary loss of sight, massive hair loss, severe debilitating headaches, temporary loss of speech, confusion, insomnia, constant infections due to suppressed immunity and over 20 stays in intensive care

Justice for Natalie's Facebook page

Natalie Jane Creane, a Dubai resident, is currently in the ICU at Rashid Hospital where she woke up from coma on Wednesday and was taken off the ventilator. She still remains in bad condition, though.

Natalie’s ordeal began way back in 2008 when she and her husband Trevor went to Abu Dhabi to spend the weekend at a prominent five-star hotel.

Trevor said: “I went to the hotel shop and Natalie was unpacking in the room. When she went to put some shoes in the cupboard, a wooden panel high in the cupboard fell. She looked up at the noise and it hit her on the forehead.

“A member of the hotel staff found her lying unconscious, and by the time I returned to the room, there was a crowd of people. Natalie was very hurt and sick. The duty manager took her to the hospital in a hotel car.”

A spokesperson for the hotel said: “This matter is the subject of an ongoing lawsuit currently in the UAE court system, therefore, we cannot publicly comment on this case or discuss it with any third parties.”

The “Justice for Natalie” page on Facebook stated she suffers from “post-traumatic intractable refractory epilepsy and traumatic brain injury… she has sustained many injuries and broken bones during these seizures. Natalie has been in coma, on the ventilators, had blood clots in her lung and leg, extreme blood toxicity, paralysis, temporary loss of sight, massive hair loss, severe debilitating headaches, temporary loss of speech, confusion, insomnia, constant infections due to suppressed immunity and over 20 stays in intensive care.”

Urgent help needed

Trevor said: “As matters stand, Natalie needs urgent specialist neurological help. She will likely need full-time care for the rest of her life as well as extensive medical support, but we really just want to see her return to a normal, healthy life. We are seeking restitution to enable us to access the best medical care.”

The compensation will be decided by the court, he said.

“A case was filed in 2010 after we had been in dialogue with the hotel and its insurance company for two years. It is being heard in the Abu Dhabi Court of First Instance. The next hearing is on August 9, 2012.”

Trevor said: “An inordinate amount of money has been spent on hospital treatment, care where we could access it and flights for her parents (from the UK). The injury has brought the family to near financial ruin.”

Natalie’s father Derek Smith, who has flown into Dubai from the UK along with his wife Angela, said: “Natalie is a very beautiful girl and has a lot of style. She was a great singer and stage actor when she was young. She played lead roles like Maria in Westside Story and Annie in Annie. It breaks our heart to see her like this now.

“We have full faith in the Sharia law,” he added.

Meanwhile, the “Justice for Natalie” Facebook page had garnered more than 2,700 ‘likes’ as of Wednesday afternoon, with friends, family and others offering their support. “I don’t know Natalie and her amazing family but will do what I can to spread the word and get the message out there. Wishing Natalie all the very best in her recovery,” said one post.

“Get well soon Natalie. The world needs you back as you are unique and your existence in this world cannot be occupied by anyone else, not even $1 billion (Dh3.67 billion) dollars when a percentage of that can save your life,” said another.

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  1. Added 19:26 July 19, 2012

    Appreciate the proffesionalism in the article.Keep going Guys & thanks for sharing such a stories so that we can pray for her.She is Healed in jesus name

    Douglas Sindiga, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 12:04 July 19, 2012

    It's a very sad news. But even though I dont know you Natalie, I know that God will help you, just believe in God and miracles. Though sometimes life isn't fair, but it's a way to remind us to have our deep faith and trust in HIM - and all things will soon be fine. With my sincere symphaty to the family also..Always remember that God is Good all the Time...God bless

    Anne, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 10:39 July 19, 2012

    I hope she gets better soon. I am sure that the leardership would take the required action. God bless the UAE. Thanks XPRESS for the article

    Aziz Khan, Dibba, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 10:11 July 19, 2012

    It is a very sad incident,i wish Natalie will get well soon

    Anwar Alam, AlAin, United Arab Emirates

  5. Added 09:50 July 19, 2012

    Oh my goodness. I do not understand, the accident had taken place at a hotel in Abu Dhabi, then why did Trevor have to bear the hospital cost? Isn't the hotel responsible for the accident? There is no mention about the hotel in the article. Having such faulty furniture, why has the hotel not been charged ? I was very upset after reading this. I can understand what the family must me going through. I pray that our good Lord will bring everything back to normal, bless the family with strength and courage to face this. Have faith in God, everything is possible.

    RESH, Kathmandu, Nepal

  6. Added 09:35 July 19, 2012

    This is tragedy and very bad luck. We dont know what will happen the next moment. God, please save her and bring her to normalcy.

    NALINI DEVAKUMAR, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  7. Added 08:46 July 19, 2012

    So, is she special because she is from a certain part of the world? So many other nationalities are suffering injustices, mainly south Asians and Africans, but we never see any group created asking for justice for them or any newspaper report publicising their saddening stories! Then why her? Don't get me wrong, i do feel bad for her and her family. But i feel worse for the ones suffering the injustices and not having the resources to publicise.

    Mohamed, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  8. Added 08:29 July 19, 2012

    Natalie you are going to get well, just hang in there and have faith, God works in mysterious ways and i pray that you just get up and walk out of that hospital. God bless you and keep you safe.

    prashant, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  9. Added 08:08 July 19, 2012

    This hotel should have offered to help Natalie and her recovery outside of courts a long time ago. I will not enter the hotel in mention. My prayers are with Natalie and her family, I hope justice prevails.

    Alice, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  10. Added 07:44 July 19, 2012

    i do believed that things happen for a reason, and for most of us it's not on the better side, but, if we do not have any doubt in our trust im sure time will come out shinning. in due respect to the family, my deepest symphaty....

    henry, dubai, Philippines

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