A mother cradled her four-year old son for the last time in more than two decades moments before the vehicle she was in collided with a school bus.
Munira Abdulla, 32 at the time, had just fetched her son Omar from school before the crash which left her in a comatose state for 27 years.
The United Arab Emirates woman woke from a coma and is recovering after the 1991 crash, according to The National.
Doctors did not believe she would ever open her eyes again, until she regained consciousness in a German hospital room last year.
Son Omar Webair, now 32 - the age his mum was when the accident occurred, told The National he never gave up hope of her waking up again.
"I never gave up on her because I always had a feeling that one day she will wake up," he said. "To me she was like gold; the more time passed by, the more valuable she became."
Mr Webair remembers the day the crash happened.
"My mother was sitting with me in the back seat. When she saw the crash coming she hugged me to protect me from the blow," he recalled. He walked away from the crash with only a bruise.
Following the impact, Ms Abdulla was taken to hospital, before being transferred to one in London. She was completely unresponsive, with next to no awareness of her surroundings.
Doctors diagnosed a minimally conscious state.
She was moved to a hospital in Al Ain where the family is from, where she remained for the next few years - being tube-fed, and undergoing physiotherapy to prevent her muscles deteriorating.
Mr Webair visited his mother daily.
In April 2017, the Crown Prince Court heard about her story and gave the family a grant for a comprehensive multidisciplinary programme in Germany, The National reported.
"I told the doctors I was expecting her to start talking again and they told me "you are running wild with your imagination. We are only doing rehabilitation to fix her quality of life"," Mr Webair told the publication.
But, last June, during Ms Abdulla’s final week in Germany, he woke to the sound of his name bing called.
"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," Mr Webair said.
Over time, Ms Abdulla has become more responsive. She continues to receive treatment in Abu Dhabi.