Robocabs at the ready
A tourist has spoken of how he was rushed to hospital in agony while staying at a beach resort in Ras Al Khaimah. Warren Stewart (right) from Lichfield in the UK, was suffering “excruciating pain” and was taken to RAK Hospital, where he was found to have a ruptured bowel and undiagnosed tumour in his colon. He said he “wouldn’t have been alive” had he not been rushed to the hospital and received treatment. Stewart said: “We came on holiday for a week but unfortunately I never got to experience the holiday. “But I probably wouldn’t be alive if it wasn’t for the hospital. I have a lot to be grateful for and a lot of memories, some very painful.” An emergency laparoscopic surgery was performed on Stewart and the tumour was removed. The surgeon who performed the surgery said that it is crucial for men, especially aged 40 and above, to receive regular colonoscopies to protect against bowelrelated diseases. Dr Anup Panigrahi, senior specialist, said: “We found a perforation in his bowel – that is, the colon had a hole in it. This is dangerous if left untreated, since the contents of the bowel can leak out, causing inflammation, infection and even abscesses in the abdomen. “But thanks to our trained medical staff and technological resources, we were able to handle the emergency competently.” Stewart recovered within 72 hours and is now back in the UK. Visitors to the region’s largest trade hub, no longer need to hike around the sprawling World Trade Centre site. Now all they need do is hail a Taxibot. The new robot taxi developed by Digi Robotics will soon be seen zooming visitors around the 60,000 sqm area, following an agreement signed between DWTC and the UAE-based robotics company. The driverless vehicles, costing about Dhs500,000, are operated by the passenger using a touch-screen that controls its inbuilt navigation system. “Using a combination of sensors, cameras and 3D laser scanners it is able to read its surrounding environment,” said Bilal Al Hattab, the Managing Director of Digi Robotics.