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Hotel Room Accident: Severe consequences
Natalie Creane, was unpacking and putting her shoes into the bottom of a wardrobe at the Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi, when a wooden panel fell hitting her on the head in July 2008. Mrs Creane, a previously successful HR manager, suffered a major traumatic brain injury, or tbi, and has been left with a serious form of epilepsy.
Epilepsy: A disabling condition
Trevor her husband says, "Since then she's had times when she's head seizures every day with all sorts of side effects like paralysis, not being able to speak and not being able to see. She cannot be left on her on own.
"Once she nearly drowned when she had a seizure in the bath, luckily her mother found her in time. She's suffered broken arms, broken wrists and smashed her face as a result of the seizures as she just blacks out."
Uncertain outlook despite treatment
Her husband says she has taken four different medications, some which altered her personality and left her unable to walk and talk or recognise members of her family.
Natalie, who lives in Dubai, has just been released from hospital again after suffering a large seizure and being put into a coma for the fifth time.
"We are all terrified right now for Natalie," said Mr Creane. "The doctors have told us she may not survive another large seizure. She needs rehabilitation, treatment, potentially surgery and even then, we don't know if it will work or what the future will hold."
Fight for Compensation
Natalie who began a court case in 2010 against the hotel, part of the Kempinski chain, has a hearing on 9 August at the Abu Dhabi Court of First Instance. She and her husband are fighting for compensation to help pay for Natalie's constant care, which they shortly will not be able to afford when her insurance cover runs out.
Head Injury UK: Legal Experts for Brain Injury Victims
Head Injury UK hopes Natalie obtains the compensation she needs to fund her rehabilitation. Traumatic brain injury is difficult enough to deal with when it happens in the UK, but is particularly difficult when the brain injury is suffered abroad. At Head Injury UK, as well as specialising in helping head injury victims, we also have niche expertise in helping victims of accidents abroad. If you, or someone close to you, has unfortunately suffered a head injury abroad, please contact Andy Shaw to see how we can help you.
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