Justice For Natalie – Natalie Creane and her struggle for justice and survival in UAE
Posted by 7starsdubai on March 4, 2013
Natalie Creane and her struggle for justice and survival. original source Facebook
To get justice for Natalie so that she may get the proper treatment and medical coverage she needs. The people responsible for this accident need to step up before it is too late for Natalie.
*UPDATE – The Emirates Palace Hotel, The Kempinski Group and ADNIC were all found guilty on Wednesday 27th February 2013 and Natalie was awarded just 200 dirhams (35 pounds) in legal fees and 200,000 dirhams (around 35,000 pounds) to cover her past medical bills, future life long care and bills and treatment, loss of earnings in the past and until she reaches retirement age and emotional damages.
After going to the Kempinski managed Emirates Palace Hotel for a weekend break with her husband and stepson, Natalie opened the door to the wardrobe in her hotel room to put shoes in the bottom. A loose wooden panel high up in the top of the wardrobe that should have been fitted to cover the audio visual unit fell, hitting her on the front of the head, this panel was so high up above the wardobe, Natalie would have needed a ladder to reach it and a key to open it. It was also set back, therefore, hit her on her temporal lobe (the front part of her head) A member of the hotel’s staff found Natalie unconscious in the room. Rather than call an ambulance, the hotel’s duty manager took her to hospital by car. The Hotel have never denied the accident took place.
It immediately became clear that Natalie was very unwell. With no prior history of such problems, she also began to suffer from horrendous seizures and was suffering from the horrendous effects of a major concussion and was, therefore, incapacitated for months and months. The Emirates Palace Hotel referred the family to its insurance company. After talks with the company broke down, the family was faced with the hotel’s lawyers. Forced to take their case to court, a full two years after the accident, the family is still fighting for justice now – four years on.
Natalie was a Regional Director in a Global firm at the time of the accident, with an incredible career and future ahead of her with her future husband by her side.
Natalie suffers from Post Traumatic Intractable Refractory Epilepsy and Traumatic Brain Injury. Her seizures cause her to collapse suddenly and she has frequently sustained serious injuries during these seizures, including broken bones and fractures. Natalie has been in five comas and on ventilators, had blood clots in her lung and leg, extreme blood toxicity, paralysis, temporary loss of sight, massive hair loss, severe debilitating headaches, temporary loss of speech, confusion, permanent memory loss, insomnia, constant infections due to suppressed immunity and over 20 stays in intensive care. Natalie has lost her career, her independence and has had over 45 admissions to hospitals over the last 4 years many via emergency.
Natalie has just been discharged from ICU coming out of her fifth induced coma and being ventilated in Dubai, Rashid Hospital, where she was receiving emergency care. She urgently needs to receive specialist neurological help in a centre that specialises in Traumatic Brain Injuries and Post Traumatic Epilepsy that cannot be controlled and is as serious as Natalies. This costs hundreds of thousands of pounds/dollars and surgery even more. She needs to have her medications assessed and have specialist cognitive therapy amongst many many other types of urgent treatment. They have silently fought to try and get the hotel to step up and admit its liability for an incident which has resulted in such appalling consequences for Natalie and her family.
Each seizure carries with it more risk of severe brain damage. Her brain injury has never been properly treated. The years of medications and hospitalisations are causing serious secondary complications.
The court process and the officials involved have so far been fair, professional and diligent throughout, including the medical experts and the judges, who only want a fair trial with the facts in place. This is all Natalie and her family have ever wanted.
After four years of battling quietly, afraid of prejudicing Natalie’s position with the hotel and its insurance company, the family has finally broken its silence and welcomes public support for Natalie. It remains the family’s hope that Emirates Palace Hotel does what it should have done in the first place – admit liability for the accident and help Natalie before it’s too late. Doctors have told Natalie if she has another large seizure she could die.