I’ve been in a coma for nine months, says the piano teacher who has a brain-eating virus
The piano teacher is in a comatose state after he was infected with the brain-killing virus and had to have a blood transfusion for the first time in his life.
The 33-year-old is recovering in hospital after suffering a stroke and having a stroke last week, the BBC reports.
The incident happened on Sunday in the United Arab Emirates when his wife was in the middle of giving birth to their first child.
He said he had to take his wife’s blood for a blood clot after she was hit by a car.
His wife has been given antibiotics and has recovered.
He is now on medication and has not been seen since, he told the BBC.
The BBC’s Mark Doyle said the incident was a shocking reminder of the dangers of the virus.
“The doctors who treat this person are saying that he’s going to need surgery to remove a blood vessel in his brain, but he’s also going to require an operation to remove the brain from his body,” he said.
Doctors believe he has been in the coma for a year and a half and that he may have died.
The father of two, who has taught piano lessons in Dubai for 25 years, said the stroke had left him “completely numb”.
The BBC reports the father of five has been diagnosed with a brain infection and has had to go to intensive care for the last two months.
He has been unable to talk and the BBC reported he was in a constant state of pain.
The stroke happened after the family moved to Dubai, the family said in a statement on Facebook.
The family had not been in contact with the BBC for more than a year before the incident, the statement said.
The video of the stroke has been shared hundreds of times on Facebook and the family has been inundated with requests for donations.
The UK’s health minister has said the situation is “extremely serious”.
The UK is among a few countries in the world that do not have an official list of people who are free from the coronavirus.
The latest figures from the World Health Organisation (WHO) show that the number of confirmed cases is at its lowest point in 20 years.
The US is among those countries with the highest number of people free of the disease, at almost 3 million.
The WHO said this week that about 1.1 million people had tested positive for the virus in the US, compared with about 2 million in January.
The total number of cases in the country stands at 1.8 million, according to data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.