"For years I have dreamt of this moment," Omar Webair, 32, says of his mother, Munira Abdulla

Munira Abdulla
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A United Arab Emirates woman woke up calling her son’s name last June almost three decades after she went into a coma following a horrific car crash in 1991, reports say.

Munira Abdulla was 32 years old when she and her then-4-year-old son Omar Webair collided with a bus in their car shortly after she picked the little boy up from school, the BBC reported. Shielded by his mother, Webair escaped mostly unscathed. But Abdulla suffered a severe brain injury that sent her into a coma — in which she’d remain for decades.

“I never gave up on her because I always had a feeling that one day she will wake up,” Webair, now 32, told The National of his mother. “All those years, the doctors told me she was a hopeless case and that there was no point of the treatment I was seeking for her, but whenever in doubt I put myself in her place and did whatever I could to improve her condition.”

Doctors said they didn’t think Abdulla would ever open her eyes again, according to the National. Unresponsive, Abdulla had no awareness of her surroundings, was tube-fed and underwent physiotherapy to prevent muscle atrophy. Over the years, Abdulla has lived at several different hospitals and ended up at a facility in Germany.

Meanwhile, Webair never failed to visit his mother and overseeing her care — “To me she was like gold; the more time passed by, the more valuable she became,” Webair told the publication.

Then, last June, something unexpected happened, “She was making strange sounds and I kept calling the doctors to examine her. They said everything was normal.” he said. “Then, three days later, I woke up to the sound of someone calling my name. It was her. She was calling my name. I was flying with joy. For years I have dreamt of this moment, and my name was the first word she said.”

Now, Abdulla is in Abu Dhabi undergoing further rehabilitation, according to the National. She can hold conversations and tell her doctors when she’s feeling pain, Webair told the publication.

“I shared her story to tell people not to lose hope on their loved ones,” Webair said. “Don’t consider them dead when they are in such a state.”