Für einmal tauschen wir das Cockpit mit dem Operationssaal, respektive mit der Intensivstation. Dieser spontane Abstecher in die Welt der Doktoren hat mindestens drei Gründe:
Erstens zeigt die Geschichte, dass auch in den Emiraten medizinische Fachleute am Werk sind (trotz wiederholt anderslautender Behauptungen!), zweitens ist unser Freund der ersten Abu Dhabi-Stunde, Peter Lembach, direkt und erfolgreich ins Geschehen involviert und drittens bin ich nach wie vor überzeugt, dass Ärzte und Piloten eine stille Gemeinsamkeit verbindet. Erst recht, wenn es sich um Expats handelt.
Doch lest selbst, was die GULF NEWS am 29. Juni veröffentlichte:
Teenager undergoes rare surgery in UAE
Abu Dhabi: Despite undergoing rare heart surgery, 13-year-old Anoud Mohammad Faraj, makes things seem trivial as she confidently speaks to a roomful of journalists about her experience.
The Emirati grade eight pupil, who studies at Shaima Public School, Sharjah, was diagnosed with a rare tumour in the right atrium of her heart, with only seven similar cases reported worldwide.
Anoud had no medical problems prior to suffering from sudden abdominal pain, swollen legs and a mildly distended abdomen, approximately a month before her three-and-a-half hour surgery, which was performed on May 7 at Shaikh Khalifa Medical City (SKMC).
"It was unclear how the six to seven centimetre tumour originated but we needed to operate on Anoud immediately as her condition was deteriorating quite rapidly. Not to mention the rarity of the surgery that consists of an 80 per cent mortality risk," said Dr Gregory Eising, Head of Adult Cardiac Surgery at SKMC, who performed the heart operation on Anoud.
Anoud was a fortunate child, said Dr Norbert Augustin, Chair of Cardiac Sciences Institute at SKMC.
"The tumour was well defined and wasn't attached to any other organ, otherwise it wouldn't have been operable; she can now live a normal life, with up to a one to two per cent risk of a tumour re-occurrence."
Anoud, who is among six boys and two girls, was not scared before the surgery.
"I was told that doctors would remove some water from my heart, so I didn't know what to expect," she said.
When Gulf News asked Anoud how she now feels she said: "Alhamdulillah [thank God in Arabic]. I am back to doing what I love which is drawing and look forward to seeing my school friends again. My favourite subjects are English, Arabic and Islamic Studies."
According to Anoud's mother, Sohair Khalil, things began to appear abnormal when Anoud started to look yellow in-the face, and used to come back from school tired and dizzy.
"She used to sleep more than usual, and that got us worried."
Anoud's favourite part about the whole experience was her admiration for Dr Peter Otto Lembach, Head of Adult Cardiac ICU, Senior Consultant, Intensivist and Anaesthetist at SKMC, who followed up on her condition after the surgery.
"I really like him," she told Gulf News with a shy giggle as she looked at her favourite doctor.
Dr Lembach said having Anoud around was a pleasant, fun and interesting experience.Education final exams missed Anoud's mother told Gulf News that she hopes the school excuses Anoud from not having attended her final examinations. "We are still waiting for the education zone in Sharjah to answer us about whether Anoud will be allowed to enrol in the 9th grade due to missing her exams since April and hope the decision is positive." Before being submitted to SKMC Anoud was wrongly diagnosed by a famous hospital in Sharjah with having a problem with her appendix, and an appendectomy was performed on her.
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