Ras Al Khaimah: An Afghan patient given a two per cent chance of surviving coronavirus has recovered.
Sharjah-based driver Mikhail Abdullah, aged 40, was admitted to Ibrahim Obeid Allah Hospital on May 8.
“I had a mild fever that got increasingly bad overnight,” he told Gulf News. “I could barely open my eyes due to the fever. I took a medicine, but it did not work. Then I was advised to call an ambulance.
“When I was told that I’d tested positive, a massive fear gripped me. I was worried for my life,” he said.
Abdullah was later moved to the intensive care unit as he developed pneumonia.
“Doctors said the chances of me surviving were no more than two per cent, but the nurses and doctors gave me a lot of confidence.”
Medical sources at the hospital confirmed Abdullah's grave diagnosis to Gulf News and said that some people had lost hope of him surviving.
But Abdullah has now fully recovered and is all-praise for the hospital staff for the medical care he received and is thankful to the UAE leadership for the way it has controlled the pandemic.
In all, Abdullah spent 51 days in hospital.
Abdullah has lived and worked in the UAE for nearly 22 years and is married with two boys aged three and six-years.
His family in Afghanistan came to know that he had been ill just four days ago because his mobile phone had been kept switched off during the treatment.
When his family members heard about his condition they were upset, but quickly recovered when they heard that he was on the way to recovery.
The Afghanistan Consulate is now following up on his condition.