ZU students visit severely impaired patients at ProVita

Rawdah Al Khori rests in her bed during Zayed University students visit in February to ProVita International Medical Centre in Khalifa City. (Photo by Noor Bagher)

Rawdah Al Khori rests in her bed during Zayed University students visit in February to ProVita International Medical Centre in Khalifa City. (Photo by Noor Bagher)

By Noor Bagher

ABU DHABI—A visit to a hospital is a moving experience in itself, especially if you’re visiting severely ill patients.

Since this is the year of giving in the UAE, the leaders of Student Life at Zayed University decided to visit ProVita International Medical Centre at Khalifa City in Abu Dhabi on 1 February 2017.

The trip was organised by Senior Student Leadership and Development Coordinator Reem Al Kindi. Twenty-three students were involved in this trip from male and female camps. Each student gave several bag gifts to the patients. these gifts were for women, men and children patients.

As we entered the hospital the managers were welcoming us and they were very happy. I noticed that the hospital looks like home, very cozy and warm. The good thing it’s looks like a normal house. As I entered I saw an old woman lying on bed, she looked very tired and she couldn’t open her eyes.

The client services officer, Sumaya Alblooki, looked at me and stated: “They call her Amemah (Auntie),” she said.

I was immediately moved.

“Amemah can hear you and feel you, but she can’t respond,” Ms. Alblooki added.

I felt the pain in Ms. Alblooki’s heart through her tone voice and face expression.

I kept walking and going into different rooms. Each room had a story.

I walked in into Rawdah Al Khori’s room. She’s 6 years old. Rawdah can’t move, speak or listen to you but, she can feel you and can feel your appearance. I felt sad after I left her room because I wanted to stay with Ms. Rawdah to tell her stories, even though I knew that she would not respond.

Some patients were in a good condition, they can listen to us and they can respond like Uncle Tamim did.

Uncle Tamim is an old man. He likes traditional food, so we brought him traditional bread. As I entered his room, he welcomed me and asked me my name.

“ I am Noor,” I said.

“Yes, Anwari,” he responded.

In Arabic, Anwari means light or radiance. What he meant was, “You light up the room with your visit.”

I got really attached to each patient. It was very sad being at the medical centre, but I was happy at the same time because not only did our visit makes the patients happy; their families happy and thankful for our visit, too.

From right to left, ZU students Salim ibn Bishr, Yousef Al-Muzaini and Ahmad Hasan visit a patient at ProVita. (Photo by Noor Bagher)

This trip made me think deep about making a change in our lives. Simplest move can make others happy and cheer people up. After this visit, I realized that life is a long journey. When you’re thankful for what you have, you’re always rewarded.

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14 Responses to ZU students visit severely impaired patients at ProVita

  1. Salma Mohammed says:

    Proud of you Zu students . .

  2. mariamjs83 says:

    i enjoyed reading this article it was so nice of the students to visit the hospitalised people.

  3. Asma Naser H. says:

    I’m proud to be a student at a university where everybody is genuinely motivated to do good in this world.

  4. This is really great article. I felt so proud to see our students visit them.

  5. Eman says:

    These kind of articles makes me to think more to visits and to not forget people how need us.

  6. afraeid says:

    this is so sweet of them to visit, great article and very touching.

  7. reem mohamed says:

    i loved the idea that each student gave several bag gifts to the patients. great article and good job.

  8. mona says:

    These visits are really needed to the people who are in the hospital, so they feel the extent of the community’s interaction with them and they have not forgotten them.thank you Noor

  9. Asma Naser H. says:

    I loved this article, Im not sure about sharing the picture of the patient though.

  10. so proud to see our students visit the childern to alleviate them the illness

  11. Suhaila Al Dosari says:

    I envy you Noor for being brave.

  12. these kind of visits makes you realize that out there are people who needs our voices and care. its a great meaningful story.

  13. Ayesha Abdulla Omar says:

    Very moving article. Thank you for sharing your experience.

  14. sara282 says:

    great article and good job to go and visit children

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