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Home at last for brave Amin

A Birmingham man who suffered multiple injuries in a brutal assault in Bangladesh over a year ago has finally been discharged from hospital to settle into a new home with his wife.

Amin Shah was on an intended two-week stay with relatives in April 2017 when he was viciously attacked by five men who beat him with a metal pole and slashed him with a knife before robbing him of cash and a gold chain. 

Found unconscious in the street with broken arms, legs and multiple wounds, Amin was rushed to hospital in Sylhet, where he remained in a coma for 12 days.

Thankfully, members of his family quickly found the assailants nearby, recovered the stolen property and alerted local police, who placed the gang under arrest. Now, after a 17-month recovery period - including stays in six inpatient facilities from Bangladesh to Birmingham and a 14-hour flight home – Amin and his wife Maseda have moved into a bungalow chosen to meet his disability needs in Bartley Green thanks to the care and compassion of dozens of health professionals and determined partnership work with Birmingham City Council to find him suitable accommodation.

“I’m very lucky to even be alive and that is thanks to the work of all the doctors and nurses and everyone else who has supported me,” said the 55-year-old, who came from Bangladesh to live in Birmingham in 1996.  

Amin Shah and wife Maseda Akhter Shah
HOME AT LAST: Amin and Maseda are settling into a new bungalow chosen specially to meet his needs.

Following discharge from hospital in Sylhet and his return to Birmingham, Amin had spells as an inpatient at City, Sandwell and Queen Elizabeth hospitals followed by a stay at Birmingham Community Healthcare’s Perry Tree intermediate care centre in Kingstanding and, finally, West Heath Hospital.

Amin Shah and West Heath Hospital Ward 12 team
TEAMWORK: Amin Shah (front, centre) with the West Heath Hospital Ward 12 team, including (to his immediate right) consultant geriatrician Dr Martin Goodman and (to his immediate left) lead advanced nurse practitioner Jo Drever.

Jo Drever, lead advanced nurse practitioner at West Heath said:

“When Mr Shah came back to Birmingham, he had been well patched up but there was no trauma and orthopaedic review available and so Perry Tree was not the best place to meet his rehabilitation needs.

"He clearly still required further corrective surgeries to regain function.

“Since his transfer to West Heath early this year, we have liaised with doctors at QE, pushed his case and got further corrective surgery so that all his limbs are working again and he’s now able to walk, with crutches, for the first time in over a year – something we didn’t imagine would happen.

 

“While he was in hospital all this time, his council flat in Erdington was taken away from him and it has taken a lot of persistence on our part to liaise with the city council housing department to press his case and get him accommodation that is suitable for his mobility needs and continuing rehabilitation.

Consultant geriatrician Dr Martin Goodman added: “This is a great example of holistic care of a patient and really acting as advocates for a person who has found themselves in a very vulnerable position, through no fault of their own.”

Amin Shah in Bangladeshi hospital after attack.
VIGIL: Maseda was at Amin's hospital bedside as he lay in a coma for 12 days.