Dubai’s ruler has given financial aid to a woman who is fighting for her life after a horse-riding accident in the emirate.
Rebecca Chisholm, 24, has so far undergone two surgeries to stem the bleeding and relieve the pressure in her brain.
The British schoolteacher is being treated at Dubai’s Rashid Hospital in Oud Metha. She regained consciousness on 12th May after the fall earlier in the month. However, the government’s media office says she is: “still not out of danger and faces a prolonged recovery.”
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, stepped in after hearing her family were not able to afford her medical bills, which are believed to be more than AED 250,000.
Horse-riding is classed as a ‘hazardous sport’ and not covered under most standard health insurance policies.
Miss Chisholm’s family thanked Sheikh Mohammed for his kindness. A statement released through Dubai Media Office says: “They said this gesture reflects the fact that the UAE’s leadership takes care of visitors to the country. The gesture goes beyond mere financial support as it has truly touched their hearts.”
The CEO of Rashid Hospital, Doctor Fahad Ba Saleeb, also expressed his gratitude to His Highness Sheikh Mohammed for his humanitarian gesture.