Road crash crippled girl rejected by hospitals in Abu Dhabi

Egyptian girl needs about Dh600,000 for treatment in Germany

Hospitals in Abu Dhabi have refused to admit an Egyptian girl crippled after a road accident as she cannot afford it and her case is so serious that she needs to be treated abroad, a newspaper said on Thursday.

Shada, 23, was paralyzed after a road crash in Abu Dhabi in April and was partially treated in Al Mafraq Hospital before she moved to a hotel room due to insufficient medical insurance for her case, Emirat Alyoum said.

Her 24-year-old sister, Shurooq, who came from Egypt to be with Shada, said doctors told them she needed to have treatment in Germany and that costs for such a trip could be around Dh600,000.

“She is now staying at a hotel room because her insurance does not cover additional treatment at Al Mafraq Hospital…her employers have also sacked her and she has to return home,” Shurooq said.

“We have no choice but to put her in the hotel as other hospitals refused to receive her because of the seriousness of her case and the high treatment costs, which we can not afford…we appeal for all benevolent people to help her.”

Shada, an orphan, came to the UAE last year just and worked as a saleswoman at a private firm. She is a holder of a bachelor degree in arts and literature.

Police and hospital reports showed she suffered from spinal cord rupture and fractures in the backbone, skull and other parts of the body.

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