UAE | Traffic and Transport

Mother with restricted mobility gets UAE driving licence

Nizar has undergone almost three dozen surgeries due to her condition

  • By Shveta Pathak, Staff Reporter
  • Published: 15:20 July 9, 2012
  • Gulf News

  • Image Credit: Pankaj Sharma/ Gulf News
  • Neena Nizar Adam, suffering from bone disorders, plays with her children Arshaan Adam (left) and Jahan Adam (right), at her residence in Karama.

Dubai: Neena Nizar Adam has braved numerous challenges including restricted mobility that her rare bone condition brings and is now a proud owner of a UAE driving licence.

Adam underwent almost three dozen surgeries as she suffers from Jansen’s metaphyseal chondroplasia, a rare condition in which the bones do not absorb calcium and the growing parts of the body are not supported as a result.

“The driving licence has given me wings to soar. For someone who cannot use their legs as much, it means a lot,” said the visibly happy 34-year-old, who teaches in Modern High School.

She is one of the less than 30 people in the world who are reported to have this bone condition. “Not much research has been done on this condition. In fact, until I was 32, the diagnosis itself was not correct. But I had to undergo more than 30 surgeries because if that’s not done, the bone would not be able to take the pressure and it would break. But the bones, as they don’t absorb calcium, would not fuse again, which made it all the more difficult to heal.”

The challenges for her started right from childhood and she was not able to walk for 10 years of her life due to the surgeries. However this strong- willed woman not only braved the challenges, she works in a school, manages her family, inlcuding her two children both of whom suffer from a similar bone condition, and is also closely associated with a support group for the families of people with special needs.

Narrating her experience of getting the licence, she said: “I would usually take a bus to commute but the inconvenience of waiting and sometimes having to walk, made me want a driving licence all the more. Recently, when I learnt that the disabled could also get trained and earn a licence, I got hopeful but was very unsure. It was with the motivation of my friends and family that I took 40 classes and got it in my second attempt,” she said.

Eagerly waiting for a new car, one that will be modified and fit to be used by her and will give her the freedom she has always dreamt of, she said: “I can now take the kids out myself.. I am really happy... I am also thankful to this place where I got the opportunity, it is a great hope for the disabled.”

 

Comments (22)

  1. Added 18:14 July 10, 2012

    Its nice to know that. Everyone on earth has the rights as a person created by God and shouldn't have discrimination since we are all just equal. Mabrook to you and you serve as a role model to those people out there.

    Lance Trevor, DUBAI, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 18:02 July 10, 2012

    May Allah make the road ahead, ever easier for you. At a loss for words to praise you.

    naheed, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 17:37 July 10, 2012

    God Bless u & yr family

    Benny, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 17:00 July 10, 2012

    congrats neena n her family

    simple, sharjah, United Arab Emirates

  5. Added 16:57 July 10, 2012

    Congratulations!!!!! :) God bless you.

    Mehrin, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  6. Added 15:55 July 10, 2012

    Congratulations!!..god bless your family

    Jaffz, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  7. Added 15:01 July 10, 2012

    I really happy for u your sucsess

    ranjodh, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  8. Added 13:04 July 10, 2012

    Well Done Lady. You should be proud of your achievement. Extremely happy for you. All the very best in the future. Take Care & God Bless you abundantly..

    Percival, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

  9. Added 12:35 July 10, 2012

    Congrats Neena and to your husband too may Allah bless you both with your children. & by the grace of Allah your bones gets the stability which helps you to lead a normal life.

    Mohammad, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  10. Added 12:23 July 10, 2012

    I believe Mrs. Neena Nizar has set herself as a role model to the world. Her determination is needed to be appreciated. Despite of all the limitations she is having, she has achieved something. As a teacher this is a wonderful achievement that she can use as a tool to motivate her students. Also this gives a clear message to those more or less in the similar situation to 'come out'. Congratulations, Neena!

    Byju Devassy, Abu dhabi, United Arab Emirates

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