So the ceremony got over pretty soon thank god. And we 3 were about to leave. Just as we were about to exit the manager of the event held hands me an invitation letter inviting the 3 of us for the after ceremony dinner. We were a surprised and curious as to why but just then papa gets a call saying that one of his employees met with a car accident and they both left immediately conveying profusely their apologies to the Emir.
I was escorted to the dining hall, anxious as to why he invited me. No nothing serious i guess. Maybe just asking about the hospital... No or yes. Oh no! Or the fact that before the ceremony i had declined on accepting the award money of 250,000 dirhams. Yeah now i wondered wether i should have taken it....oh no too late i could have gone shoe shopping, bok shopping or something or best a vacation...but it didnt feel right.
I quickly cleared my thoughts as we approached the door. I asked the manager,
"why am i invited to this dinner?" curiously.
"the emir asked so ma'am and infact you will be seated at their table." he replied smoothly but also with a hint ofo curiosity.
"Can i just politely reject the offer, im really nervous." i ask him nervously.
"Too late ma'am. We are here and the Emir is loking at you. If i may ask you? Do you know his highness personally?"
"no ofcourse not, not even nearly." i reply nearly getting hyperventilated.
Thats when one of the sheikh's i guess assitants or manager came upto us and escorted the two of us to the table. While on the way
"assalamualaikum Dr.Syed. I am Jaffaar Waheed. His highness 's assistant. the sheikh has personally invited you for the dinner to introduce you to the others."
"Walaikum assalam Mr. Waheed. That is really kind of him." I reply relaxing a little
"Well. This way then doctor." He replied warmly and gestured towards the small crowd of 8.
As we walked towards the group my breath began to quicken and what was small crowd seemed to grow bigger by every step I took. Few familiar faces came to my view as I saw the Emir and then I saw Hamdan. I smiled as I saw him while he was busy conversing with one of the officials whose back was turned towards me. Then I saw a shorter lady with blonde hair who is Angela Merkel the German Chancellor. My jaw dropped little by little as I recognised everyone in the crowd. There was the slovakian prime minister Robert Fico. Then there was the uae minister of education Hussain al Hamadi, then there was listening to what hamdan was saying and laughing was the crown prince of Abu Dhabi hh general sheikh mohammed bin zayed al nahyan, then we had the ever smart ,highly intelligent and graceful and fun lady, the first lady of the United States of America Michelle Obama and when we closed in to the group hamdan paused his conversation with the man In front which made him turn around as the Emir smiled was the crown prince of UK prince Charles duke of Cornwall.
The emir asked us to move to the table and sit down. We did and we were given the announcement of the first course to be served in the next 10 minutes. As we sat the emir introduced me to the rest of the 8 members. I could hear wow brilliant really etc. I was blushing mad with embarrassment when the sheikh mo. Bin zayed asked me about my educational background and how I went about it.
I took a deep breath preparing for the outcome as knew when I said I did all that at this age made me proud I felt completely out of place.
"I Finished my 12th grade by 13 here i dubai and then applied for architectural program in India but couldn't get in..." I look towards the first lady while sheikh hamdan eyes me intently like judging me....I hated that. "So I did pick medicine although you can o ly apply until you are 18 and finish an entrance exam for which I wasn't allowed but after sending plenty letters and irritating the members of ministry of education they finally let me write the exam with no intensions of allowing me college despite what ever the result maybe. I topped the All India medical exam so they had to let me in." I smiled seeing a controlled shocked expressions on everyone's faces. I continued further " so I did my 5 years of mbbs at Armed Forces Medical College in pune India. There I had some military training and we were posted as trainees at the Indo Chinese border.
Then I did my 3 years of MS at All India Institute of Medical Sciences In New Delhi India. I'm just working for now as I plan to do my 2 years In Cardiothoracic surgery studies. I haven't decided the place yet." I finish and then wait for their reaction.
"That is very impressive young lady. So we do have a prodigy at our table." Remarks prince Charles with a smile. I smile back "thank you your highness." Everyone smiled and congratulated me on my achievements. " so to get all the way to a post like this i guessing it was all work and no play Dr.Syed for you?"
"Indeed anyone will think that way Mrs. Obama, but I've had and do have my fair share of free time and adventure. One has to find time for one self at least an hour. It could be in middle of the night or at the break of dawn or anywhere between. I love writing. I currently working on a children's book nothing field related at all. That is one of my hobbies I could creep in anywhere I go. Sometimes I write poems too." I reply taking a deep breath but not making it obvious. Hamdan gives an impressed smile with astonishment in his eyes when he discovers something new about me.
As everyone makes small talk and I talk less and less as I don't know much about politics, Although I do converse here and there whatever matter I was aware of I notice the first lady clearing Her throat constantly but discreetly. After desert we all talk about future tieups with Germany and the previous endurance race with the Slovakian PM. We all take a break to meet up at the same place for qahwah (black coffee)so I make my way to the washroom just to freshen myself a little bit as I began to feel sjleepier by the minute because of my long day. After using the cubical I come out to wash my hands when I hear a barking cough. I almost stifle a scream as I find out it was none other than the first lady itself.
" Mrs Obama are you all right?" I enquire moving towards her.
"Oh no its just regular cold and cough. Other than that I'm alright." She smile
"Mam how long you've been having this? Seems like over a month?
" yes it has been a little over 2 months." She replies coughing real loud.
I rush over to the sink and turn the tap to hot water and give her the small paper cup. I rub her back and ask her to gulp it down slowly but in large amount.
"Thank you dear but it's nothing ser...." She coughs again and this time it's throaty and not seeming to subside. She coughs over the sink for a while and coughs out blood. My eyes widen and I realise what's wrong. She stops after a while I hand her some more water.
"Mam did you have your medication?" She points at her clutch.
I quickly rush to her and open it checking for the medicine. I get the bottle and she was prescribed Symbicort. Alright this isnt a bad medicine. Her cough subsides and I find out to my horror that apart fro phlegm she spat a handful amount of blood. That was quiet a lot from a coughing about 10minutes.
"Ma'am ok I can guarantee you this isn't acute, but it is Chronic bronchitis, because of the blood sputum. If you are feeling fine then I will ask you to get to see a doctor get it checked-" I scribble down the test she needs to take to relieve the pain and ha d it to her.
"Thank you Dr.Syed you have been really kin..." She croaked and suddenly starts taking deep shaky breaths and shakes a little struggling to breathe. "Can't. ....bbb breathe."
She started struggling to even stand and I yelled out for help. Soon three guards rushed in and " Quick get paramedics right now!!!" They do as I instructed and one of them goes out. I lay her on the ground and start to check for her breaths... "Shit...shit... she isn't breathing." I start to press her chest and ask one of her guards with ashy blonde hair to tilt her chin upwards and the other to remove her shoes. "You... are...not... going...to die ma'am. I wont... let her." I say I between the presses looking at the guards. I hear a bit of commotion outside and the other guard with stubble rushes out to stop letting anyone in apart from paramedics.
I look at the guard with blonde hair and I ask him if she has got her assistant or someone who knew about her medical record. He said that she travelled here without her crew and her medication was over and hadn't purchased it yet. So she gotten an alternative one. He also said that she suffered from bronchiectasis. That too was fine until and unless she...that moment the door opens and the paramedics barge in.
As they rush to the ambulance I realise we are going up and even surprised to see Hamdan too accompanying us in the lift. We stopped at the
Top floor. Thats when I realised we were going by air....
3 hours later: (12:30 am)
As per my orders Mrs.Obama's swelling was reduced through certain medication. She was later then put on a nebulizer. She was the given a mild med Atrovent for her COPD medication. She had excarbation in her alveolis, we had to go for the last resort of a small surgery. The resident CT (Cardiothoracic surgeon ) wasn't in the city. So I and other team of 3 doctors were performing the surgery. But to go through with it we needed signature or permission of her relatives. So the chief of the hospital called the POTUS and got the approval. I was waiting in the Conference hall having a snack when the crown prince of dubai was escorted In. He dismissed his guards and walked towards me....
HAMDAN 'S P.O.V :
I sat opposite to her and just then...why oh why did my stomach growl so loud. She looked up at me and slowly pushed the tray of a half of an untouched sandwich. She need not do that I could call in the services, but it was sweet of her though. To break the ice I asked her when the operation would start.
"Within 30 minutes or so depending on how fast they prep it. Although she doesn't need an operation,her husband asked up to go through it coz he doesn't want her to be on med that were always painful for her. He will be coming down though.
She smiled, finishing her sandwich. "It looks like you want to ask me questions. What happened ?everything okay?or you want my bottle of mango juice too." She smirked as she caught me eyeing the bottle.
"No its alright I already had the sandwich you offered me. You don't have to be kind again to me you know."
Her eyebrows furrowed Into a frown " woah wait I was being kind to you in the first offer the second...just wanted to embarras you." She laughed.
She had loud booming laugh but very Infectious in a good way. Not royal no way at all. And then came the ultimate thing to seal the deal...that was a loud snorting laugh....far from royal.
" you did real good you know. The chief said that blood test would have taken time and wouldn't be able to figure out what was the reason since she didnt smoke and she could have gone into coma. And the way you bossed around everyone." I laughed. She blushed and looked down. Ooo kay didn't see this side of her. "You really did well you know. You have a very keen eye n good presence of mind."
"Wow thank you your highness...I can go tell my friends that I got praised by a prince. They would be so jealous." She said jokingly. We both laughed. I have never met someone that would make me laugh and think beyond everything whenever I'm with that person or whenever I meet the person. She, this young doctor was something else. I smiled back at her . I wanted to ask her the 20 questions we had planned. But I felt like I already knew her. She seemed special to my dad she maybe. But it was sheikha who took my heart and I never got it back. This girl in front of me would understand and I think I should tell her before gets a shock listening from someone else.
" Listen I have to tell you something."
"Sure...go ahead shoot."
I hesitantly begin " look I'm in-" we were interrupted by the team of doctors.
"Dr.Syed we are all set for the operation."