Bedrid­den for 25 years, Ibri hospi­tal’s old­est pa­tient passes away

Times of Oman - - OMAN -

KHALID ORABI [email protected]

MUS­CAT: Ibri Hospi­tal’s old­est pa­tient, Joukha Al Hi­nai, who was in the hospi­tal for al­most 25 years passed away on Wed­nes­day.

Con­trary to news on so­cial me­dia, which said that she had fallen off a moun­tain, hospi­tal of­fi­cials con­firmed that Al Hi­nai passed away from nat­u­ral causes af­ter be­ing bedrid­den for nearly 25 years.

Ac­cord­ing to an of­fi­cial at Ibri hospi­tal, al Hi­nai has been in the hospi­tal since it opened in 1995 and passed away on Wed­nes­day in the premises, from where she was taken for burial at 8am.

Al Hi­nai fell off a tree at Ibri in 1993, break­ing her spine. This led to her be­ing hos­pi­talised in Tanuum Hospi­tal.

How­ever, Al Hi­nai out­lasted the hospi­tal it­self, which was con­verted into a health cen­tre, and was trans­ferred to Ibri hospi­tal.

With time, her con­di­tion wors­ened and turned into paral­y­sis, mean­ing that Al Hi­nai needed to be moved around in a wheel­chair. Dur­ing the time be­tween 1995 and Wed­nes­day, Al Hi­nai never re­turned home and only left the hospi­tal for check-ups or when she was di­ag­nosed with can­cer later in life.

The hospi­tal of­fi­cial said, “Her fam­ily vis­ited oc­ca­sion­ally but due to her fun-lov­ing spirit, her bed was filled with vis­i­tors from nurses, doc­tors, and even other pa­tients who adored keep­ing her com­pany. They vis­ited her as if they were her rel­a­tives.”

Al Hi­nai also re­ceived vis­its from per­sons who were from Al Shar­qiyah but lived in Al Bu­raimi. They would stop to visit when­ever they passed by and would some­times travel just to see her. Oth­ers who heard about her would also visit her.

The of­fi­cial added that Al Hi­nai’s pa­tience was unique, as she re­mained kind to oth­ers and ac­cepted her sit­u­a­tion. She was also gen­er­ous.

When­ever some­one vis­ited her, the of­fi­cial said he or she would find that she had juice al­ways handy and would not let guests leave un­til they had ei­ther juice or wa­ter.

The of­fi­cial said that Al Hi­nai’s pass­ing marked a tragic day, and that the nurses had shed tears while mourn­ing her loss.

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