A 20-year-old Emirati hemophilic motorcyclist, a victim of a fatal crash, underwent a life-saving surgery at Mafraq Hospital.
He suffered severe head trauma as he was not wearing a helmet when he crashed, thereby also suffering a right-side skull fracture and intracranial bleeding.
He lost 70 per cent of blood by volume, according to hospital sources.
“The risks increase significantly when the rider has a serious blood disorder like hemophilia. The patient is lucky to be alive, ” said Dr Fawzi Al Ayoubi, Consultant General and Trauma Surgeon, Chief of General Trauma at Mafraq Hospital.
A two-hour blood transfusion procedure was needed to help stabilize the patient’s condition in combination with hemostatic agent recombinant factor VII.
Dr Al Ayoubi said, “Blood disorders, especially hereditary disorders like hemophilia, are common in the Gulf. That’s why it is important to raise awareness and bring attention to the risks for those Emiratis and their families living with blood disorders.
Hemophilia is a genetic disorder in which blood does not clot easily and is the most prevalent form of inherited bleeding syndromes (IBS) in the Arab region . The disease only occurs in males.
Symptoms of this disorder are excessive bleeding and easy bruising. Bleeding can occur on the body’s surface and the signs include nosebleeds for no obvious reason, heavy bleeding from a minor cut or bleeding from a cut that resumes after stopping for a short time.
“People with hemophilia have a tendency to bleed longer after an accident or injury. Therefore, they need extra protective gear when taking part in high risk activities. In this case, the patient had not taken the basic precautionary measure, which is applicable to everyone – always wear a helmet when riding a motorcycle”, Dr Al Ayoubi added.
Wearing a helmet correctly can reduce the risk of death by almost 40 per cent, and the risk of severe injury by as much as 72 per cent.