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Sharjah Ruler to pay medical bills for elevator accident victims

Sultan orders setting up of panel to ensure buildings meet safety standards

  • By Aghaddir Ali, Staff Reporter
  • Published: 21:20 August 26, 2012
  • Gulf News

  • Image Credit: Ahmed Ramzan/Gulf News
  • Teba Amr in her hospital bed following the accident. Teba’s son Mustafa was released from hospital two days ago after being treated for skull fractures, but her husband remains in critical condition.

Sharjah: A family, seriously injured in an elevator accident, are to have their medical bills paid by His Highness Shaikh Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, Gulf News can reveal.

A couple and their child sustained serious injuries earlier this month after the cable of the lift they were in snapped, sending them plummeting from the seventh floor to the basement.

Shaikh Sultan has pledged to help the Iraqi family, who have been in the UAE since 2006, with their medical bills.

Shaikh Sultan also issued instructions on Thursday to set up a committee to oversee security and safety measures in buildings across the emirate.

The committee, to be comprised of members of the Civil Defence Department in Sharjah and the municipality, will monitor standards in both commercial and residential buildings.

In an exclusive chat with Gulf News, cancer-stricken mother Teba Amr, 30, recounted her terrifying ordeal.

Speaking from her hospital bed at Al Qasimi Hospital, she said: “I can’t remember a lot about what happened, but I just pray to God for my husband. I think this has come to us as a test from God. Please pray for me.”

Disaster struck when Teba, her husband Abdul Wahb, 30, and their son Mustafa, 4, were returning to their apartment located on the seventh level of the 12-storey Buti Al Muhairbi building in Sharjah. The family had been out distributing food to the poor in their neighbourhood.

They got in the elevator to go back to their eighth floor apartment, but the lift started shaking violently as it reached the seventh floor.

Crying, Teba recalled: “My husband grabbed our son and put his arms around him to protect him, he knew the lift was going to drop us. I can’t remember what happened next. The next thing I knew, I woke up in hospital and my husband is now very ill. I just hope he recovers as soon as possible and we can get back together, I am praying for him.”

Teba’s husband has been transfered to Rashid Hospital. He sustained multiple fractures and serious back injuries and faces lengthy treatment.

Teba’s son Mustafa was released from hospital two days ago after being treated for fractures to his skull.

Teba herself has a broken leg and bad neck injuries — she can barely move and is set to spend a long time in hospital.

Teba is also fighting thyroid cancer.

Her second son, Mahmoud, 7, is being cared for by her mother — the boy was not in the elevator at the time of the accident.

On Thursday, Rashid Bin Ahmad Al Shaikh, Chairman of the Emiri Diwan in Sharjah, told Sharjah radio and TV that Shaikh Sultan would pay the family’s medical bills.

This came after one of Teba’s neighbours, Umm Hamza, described the family’s plight on the Al Bath Al Mubasher programme.

Umm Hamza said Teba told her that she was very grateful to Shaikh Sultan. She said: “I want to thank him for taking care of us.”

Comments (17)

  1. Added 16:58 August 27, 2012

    Sharjah Municipality must take strong action immediately on the following for increasing their income and also for giving more safety for families: 1) regular inspection on elevators where there is no ac/exhaust fan in most of the elevators for several years. building owners must fix exhaust fan/ac for protection/breathing 2) old elevators must be inspected and ordered for replacement 3) water tank inspection regularly 4) white wash/painting on buildings every 5 years 5) a/c on corridors 6) glass doors for covering corridors from dust/heat etc... if not obeyed strong penalty must be there.

    Anonymous, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 15:59 August 27, 2012

    Praying for them to recover soon..........

    Mafeer, Erumapetty, India

  3. Added 15:41 August 27, 2012

    Lots of prayers for the whole family. It is really sad. May Allah give them health and happiness with speedy recovery. This can happen to anyone and it comes from Allah. But one thing can be controlled, the health status of facilities like lifts. Please landlords have fear of Allah and spend some time and money on the safety checks. I have been to several buildings where the lifts are really scary.

    Adeel, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 14:52 August 27, 2012

    I wish the family recover from this horrible incident soon Inshallah

    Moideen, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  5. Added 14:03 August 27, 2012

    I was already horrified with those gigantic building fires which break out every now and then in Sharjah, now this lift incident. Allah help us all. Authorities must step up and not just form a committee but should implement what they feel is right and in the common interest of public. I think, monthly EHS report of building's fixtures shall be sent to authorities to evaluate its EHS standards.

    Fahad, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

  6. Added 13:17 August 27, 2012

    Thanks to His Highness for taking care of the Family. May Allah end family's problem and grant them speedy recovery.

    Anonymous, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

  7. Added 13:14 August 27, 2012

    All lifts must have safety systems like brakes, fire extinguishers, functional emergency stop button, intercom, emergency lights and calibrated door sensors installed and maintained. In this case if the lift had emergency brake system this would have saved the family from mishap. Generally all lifts have emergency brake system in case the cable snaps. I pray that Allah grant the family the strength and speedy recovery soon.

    Anonymous, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  8. Added 13:11 August 27, 2012

    Normally there are fee fall protection systems in elevators. Obviously in this case it has not worked. It has to be investigated and report to be publicised to learn from mistakes.

    Anonymous, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  9. Added 12:07 August 27, 2012

    May Almighty cure them. Thank a lot to the Shaikh of Sharjah. I do witness elevator problem in building near municipality cleaning in Deira. Large and old house with almost constant elevator problem. its just 3-storey building with only 2 risky elevators.

    Anonymous, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  10. Added 11:41 August 27, 2012

    Insha ALLAH we all pray that you and your family to be well soon, I think this has to be taken seriously by all emirates, their should be weekly or monthly checkings for the services of lifts and one should not wait for something more serious than this.

    Abdullah, Ajman, United Arab Emirates

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