A Filipino bike mechanic in Dubai has been ‘brain dead’ for 36 days after suffering a cardiac arrest. Joey Cabrito, 39, is ‘total brain dead’ and currently in the Saudi German Hospital in Al Barsha.
Cabrito, who has three and five-year-old children in the Philippines and in the custody of her mother-in-law, was reportedly suffered a cardiac arrest on May 7 when he was preparing to go to work and was initially comatose.
Frankie Boton, chairman of UAE Moutain Biking group, said that Cabrito, who hailed from Suklayin, Baler, Aurora, has already lost his pulse when the medics arrived where the incident happened.
“Ni-revive naman po siya sa tulong ng [mga] machine, pero total brain dead na po sya sa tagal ng nawalan ng oxygen utak niya. At mula noon, hanggang ngayon ay hindi na siya gumising at tanging mga machine na lang ang bumubuhay sa kanya,” Boton told The Global Filipino Magazine.
According to him, despite the travel ban imposed by the Philippines to several countries, including the UAE, they were able to fly Cabrito’s wife, Irene, to the host country to look after him. This was made possible through the collaborative efforts of Cabrito’s company Revolution Cycles, the Philippine Consulate General in Dubai, and MPQ Travel and Tourism.
Boton revealed that on Tuesday, June 8, Cabrito’s neck was already inserted with a ventilator tube for his life support.
“Ang bill nya [2 weeks ago] nang nagtanong kami at AED268,000, pero ang insurance lang niya ay AED150,000, kaya baka ngayon na-doble na yang AED286,000 kasi 36 days na siya at inoperahan pa kahapon para lang mailipat ang tubo mula sa bunganga sa lalamunan,” he further added.
Those who want to help the Cabritos are urged to message Irene at +971 50 497 0356 or coordinate with Boton at +971 50 206 2126.