Mother to Kenyan woman who succumbed to injuries in Dubai now improving after suffering from a stroke
Posted by Administrator on March 25, 2012
Dubai: The condition of assault victim Esther Wanjiru Mwikamba’s mother, Hannah, who suffered from a minor stroke last week has improved in the past two days, Gulf News has learnt.
If her recovery continues, she will be discharged from Rashid Hospital in the next few days to allow her to bring her daughter’s remains home to Kenya.
Hannah suffered a minor stroke on March 17 and was admitted to Rashid Hospital upon learning that doctors could no longer save her daughter, Esther who was then in a coma.
For 31 days, Esther, a sales clerk who was brutally assaulted in a parking lot in Dubai, fought for her life at the hospital’s intensive care unit, but eventually succumbed to head injuries at 8am on March 20.
Hannah’s blood pressure remained consistently high in the days following Esther’s passing.
Earlier, Kenyan Ambassador to the UAE Mohammad Abdo Jillos said that repatriation of Esther’s body can only be done once Hannah is well as that is the protocol.
Esther’s remains were brought to the Dubai Police Forensic Science and Criminology Department earlier this week to determine the cause of her death.
During a visit at Rashid Hospital, Gulf News saw Hannah use a walker while walking. Nurses said that the support provided by the frame has been “good for her and will keep her stable.”
Hannah has also been receiving therapy for her left arm and leg, which had become numb.
“I can now feel my left cheek, left arm and left leg. But there is some pain in my left arm when I move it. And both my knees hurt, too,” Hannah, 45, told Gulf News. “But God is good. I am now better than yesterday. I am trying very hard to become stronger so I could take my Esther back home in Kenya where we could lay her to rest,” she added.
The Kenyan Welfare Association has assured the Mwikamba family of their support on legal matters should they need them.
Members of the local Kenyan community continue to visit Hannah to offer their condolences and prayers for the Mwikamba family.
A compatriot devotes at least three hours of her time in the afternoon to massage the numb part of Hannah’s body. This, Hannah said, has helped her a lot.
But of all the people Hannah would like to see, is the 24-year-old Emirati who allegedly beat up her daughter. The suspect has been in police custody and has not been granted bail since the incident took place on February 18.
“I want to see him with my own eyes. I want to ask him why he killed my baby. Why?” Hannah said as tears roll down her eyes, her small hands balling into fists. “But I don’t want death for him. No, not death. I want him to live because I know God is in charge,” she added.
Hannah also appealed to authorities to give justice to her daughter. She also begged to seek audience with His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
The case is at present pending with the Dubai Public Prosecution.
The suspect has been charged with “assault which led to death” which is a serious crime punishable by the Federal Penal Code whose maximum punishment could go up to 10 years in jail.
The defendant was likewise accused of sexually harassing the victim’s friend.
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