Indian expat in coma for 2 years in UAE brought home

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An Indian expatriate, lying in coma for more than two years at an Abu Dhabi hospital following a road accident, was finally repatriated to his native place on Tuesday.

The move came following a sustained effort from the Indian embassy and patient’s relatives to help Chithiravel Vinaitheertha Udaiyar, from Tamil Nadu, return after a long-fought compensation case.

The Indian embassy persuaded Udaiyar’s employer to file a case against an insurance company, which was trying to wriggle out from paying compensation. The court subsequently issued a judgment ordering compensation for his family, Times of India reported.

Chithiravel was brought to Chennai by a scheduled Air India flight on Tuesday morning and later taken to Salem by road.

Chithiravel, employed as a wiring electrician assistant in a private company in Abu Dhabi since 2014, was travelling in a vehicle arranged by his sponsor to the work place on June 27, 2015, when the vehicle met with an accident. Since then, Chithiravel has remained unconscious.

His employer Smart Energy Power Contracting, supported him throughout the crisis by paying salaries.

It was, however, the insurance amount, which was a long-standing issue and the embassy officials played a key role in getting the compensation.

“We took up the matter with local authorities for his early repatriation and better treatment in India,” embassy first secretary for community affairs Dinesh Kumar told Khaleej Times.

“The employer had filed a case against the insurance company. Finally, the insurance company had to pay a compensation of Dh1.09 million to Udaiyar. He already reached Tamil Nadu and has been admitted to Neuro Foundation Hospital in Selam,” Kumar reportedly told the daily.

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While Khaleej Times reported that the compensation was Dh1.09 million, another report on Gulf News says that it was Dh2.4 million.

Udaiyar’s wife Parameswari and his four-year-old daughter are all relieved to have Udaiyar back under their care. Parameswari thanked the company, embassy, hospital and social welfare groups for helping their family in distress.

Published on 19 July 2017
Sources: Khaleej Times , Gulf News , Times of India , The Hindu

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