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Dubai husband devastated after wife paralysed giving birth to boy.

Sayyed shared this picture of his wife Mina in her bed at Rashid Hospital

A new father has told of his devastation after his wife was left paralysed and brain damaged after giving birth to their son.

Saber Hamza Sayyed, 40, said he blames himself for the condition of Mina Jan, 38, who remains motionless in Rashid Hospital almost five months after going into a coma.

Their son Mohammed survived an emergency caesarian in July, but Sayyed has been told there is little chance of his wife will recover.

He told 7DAYS that he decided nine years ago that he and Mina should not have children as she was on medication for a psychiatric condition, which could lead to complications.

But late last year Mina, an Iranian national, fell pregnant. However, for three months she carried on taking her medication as the couple was unaware of her pregnancy.

It is thought her taking the medication in those early months contributed to a spike in blood pressure, which ultimately caused her brain damage.

Tragically, Indian national Sayyed said his wife appears to be somewhat conscious and aware of what has happened.

He said:Ce"All I see now are tears coming down her eyes. She never even got to see our baby. She just lays there, very still.

"We got married in 2006 and we decided not to have kids. But as time passed, she started asking for a baby. I said no because she was taking anti-depressants and other kinds of medication and it just didn't seem safe to have a child.

"Maybe, if I had given her what she wanted, all of us would be healthy and happy right now."

Mina, who was born and raised in Dubai, went into a coma during the seventh month of her pregnancy. A medical report from her doctors states she has peripartum cerebral angiopathy, a rare condition which sees the patient suffer a stroke related to their pregnancy.

Their son Mohammed spent seven weeks in an incubator but is now in good health

Her file also states she has reversible cerebral vasoconstriction syndrome and acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM) a rare autoimmune disease marked by a sudden imflammation of the brain and spinal cord.

Describing the pregnancy, Sayyed said: "The baby had to be taken out of her in July when she went into a coma. I tried waking her up a few days later but she wouldn't move. I was told she was fully paralysed. She couldn't move her neck, legs, hands or anything.

Her medical report states: "In view of prolonged coma, and persistent deficits, her neurological recovery is guarded. She will require prolonged neurorehabilitation."

A friend of Sayyed first contacted 7DAYS after the family was left with unpaid bills of nearly Dhs200,000 and hopes a benefactor may be able to help with his costs.

Sayyed said he can look after Mina at their home in Dubai, however, he needs to pay the hospital first and pay for her medication that she will need at home.

"I would love to take her to India and get her treatment there, but the visas are a problem because she's Iranian and they require insurance, which is too expensive," Sayyed said.

Anyone who would like to help can get in touch at news@7days.ae

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