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Multiple Sclerosis is incurable and can be debilitating but with the right care, some sufferers can manage to lead relatively independent lives. After suffering the symptoms of multiple sclerosis for more than 20 years, 49-year-old Emirati Darwish set a goal for himself that most take for granted: standing up on his own two feet with no support. Between the struggles and suc­cesses on the journey to achiev­ing his aim, Darwish reached his milestone in under one month thanks to a customized post-acute rehabilitation programme developed especially for patients with MS.

“I have improved 85 per cent since I’ve been at Amana Healthcare,” says Darwish. Ama­na Healthcare specializes in long-term acute care, post-acute rehabilitation and home health­care services.

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Patients with lifelong illnesses don’t necessarily have to compromise when it comes to achieving the best quality of life possible. For patients with long-term or degenerative conditions, it can be difficult to meet their medical and non-medical needs. This is certainly the case for those who require round-the-clock care.

“It’s almost impossible for these people to be looked after at home without some level of specialized care,” says Deborah Pierce, Head of Rehabilitation Department and Senior Physiotherapist at Amana Healthcare in Al Ain. The majority of patients at Amana Healthcare are attached to ventilators and suffer from complex neurological disorders. Essentially, “for conditions where the patient has the potential to get better and go home in up to three months of intensive rehabilitation, they’ll go to a specialized rehab facility” says Pierce.

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After undergoing the trauma of open-heart surgery and months of intense rehabilitation, an Emirati resident is now looking to the future.

Back in early 2015, at a time that should have been filled with joy, newly married Dubai resident Habib Mohammed Omer found himself hit by several heart attacks and dramatically admitted to Dubai Hospital for open-heart surgery. And although this mammoth procedure would put anyone under pressure, it was even tougher for a feisty 71-year-old not given to complaining about his health, despite suffering from high blood pressure and associated issues for years. Once admitted, the scariest moment was still to come for Omer and his family when, during the operation, he suffered cardiac arrest and had to undergo an emergency tracheotomy — an incision in the windpipe to relieve an obstruction to breathing. He was then placed on a ventilator, with the hospital physicians predicting he would have to remain on one for the rest of his life.

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When Habib Mohamed Omar arrived at Amana Healthcare (Al Ain) in January 2015 as new patient, he was met with great excitement by all the staff. He was referred to our facility in Abu Dhabi after two months of undergoing a lifesaving open heart surgery. On the very first meeting, the staff realized that Habib was a long way from his former self, but he still had the sparkle of determination and enough love for life to participate in rehabilitation activities with the aim of returning home.

Avicenna Partners in collaboration with Ministry Of Health has officially brought eKare, a revolutionary wound management and assessment tool, to the UAE. During Arab Rehab Conference 2016, the Ministry of Health displayed eKare at its booth. Within the sphere of wound management, assessment and care, there hadn’t been much innovation done in recent times.

These technologies are transforming the lives of people with disabilities

Patients with complex illnesses are living longer today than ever before as a result of advances in medical research and the availability of healthcare services. The disability-adjusted life year, or DALY, which measures overall disease burden by calculating the sum of years of life lost (YLL) when people die prematurely and the years lived with disability (YLD) confirms this increase.

When representatives of the Make A Wish foundation’s UAE office visited Amana Healthcare in Khalifa City, Abu Dhabi a month ago, they had expressed an interest in extending their support to the patients they interacted with during their visit there. Badr Al Ali, a patient with locked-in syndrome, used his eyes as a medium to communicate his wish to attend the 2015 Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix event.

Amana Healthcare held a workshop during Abu Dhabi Art Week 2015 at Manarat Al Saadiyat on November 21, 2015. The workshop was hosted by SEDRA (Services for Educational Development, Research and Awareness for Inclusion) where UAE based jordanian artist Salah Shaheen gave a presentation on new techniques for creating artworks digitally. He strongly suggested that everyone is capable of creating artwork with such new digital platforms – which he himself has developed digital paint brushes for.