Dubai ruler on Friday announced he would cover the cost of the teacher's medical bills
The family of a British teacher who has been in hospital in Dubai following a horse riding accident has described Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum as “a true and compassionate man” after the Dubai ruler extended financial help to cover the expat’s medical bills.
Sheikh Mohammed came to the aid of 24-year old Rebecca Chisholm, who is undergoing medical treatment at Rashid Hospital after suffering serious injuries in the accident, it was announced on Friday.
Chisholm has so far undergone two surgeries to stem the bleeding and relieve the pressure in her brain.
The Dubai ruler directed authorities to take care of the young lady, after being informed about her family’s inability to cover the medical bill.
While the expat worker had medical insurance through her employment at a Dubai school, the reports claim her insurance provider has refused to pay the medical bills as horse riding is classed as a hazardous sport and is not covered under the policy.
Her family and friends in the United Kingdom had previously launched a fundraising campaign, raising over £65,000 ($82,627), to help cover the cost of her treatment.
In a statement issued online the group thanked Sheikh Mohammed for his kind gesture.
“Today is a momentous day and we have simply the most extraordinarily good news to share with you. News of Becca’s plight has reached the highest authority in the UAE and we can announce today that His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has offered singularly the most generous gift we could ever have wished to receive. His Highness has offered to pay for all of Becca’s medical costs until she is discharged from Rashid Hospital,” the statement said online.
“We would like to share a previous quote from HH Sheikh Mohammed: ‘We do not hesitate to help and support the brother, the ill-fated friend or the needy wherever they are. This is our message to the world, and this is the United Arab Emirates.’ This gift demonstrates that HH Sheikh Mohammed is truly a man of his word and the compassion he has shown towards Becca and Wendy is exceptional. We will be forever thankful to him and his country.
“Once again, we have to thank His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, a true and compassionate man who has changed Becca and Wendy’s lives,” the statement added.
The money raised will now be used to fund Chisholm’s transport home to the UK and follow up treatment.