Moment comatose Saudi Prince manages to lift his hand to woman’s voice after 15 years in a coma following car crash
- Prince Al-Waleed bin Khalid Al-Saud has been comatose since a 2005 accident
- Video shows the young royal lifting his hand in response to encouragement
- This is the first recorded movement by Prince Al-Waleed since five years ago
A Saudi prince who has been in a coma for more than a decade has managed to move his hand.
Prince Al-Waleed bin Khalid Al-Saud is seen lifting his fingers as a woman greets him in a video clip.
‘Hi, Didi hello, hello let me see, hi,’ she says as the prince wiggles his fingers in response.
She asks ‘one more, one more, higher, higher’ and the comatose royal lifts his whole hand off the bed momentarily.
‘Very good!,’ the unidentified woman says.
The footage of the moment has been viewed nearly 200,000 times on Twitter and was shared by Saudi princess Noura bint Talal Al-Saud among others.
Prince Al-Waleed has been in a coma since 2005 when he suffered a brain haemorrhage after getting into a car crash while studying at a military college.
The young royal has been on a ventilator since the accident 15 years ago.
His last recorded physical movement was five years ago.
Footage of the sleeping prince lifting his hand in his hospital bed has been viewed nearly 200,000 times on Twitter.
Prince Al-Waleed bin Khalid Al-Saud is seen wiggling his fingers at the start of the video when greeted by an unknown woman
The sleeping prince, who has been in a coma for 15 years following a motorcycle accident, moves his fingers higher off the bed at the voices encouragement
Finally, the prince is seen lifting his entire hand off of the bed in the first recorded movement by the young Saudi royal in five years
The prince’s father, who is the brother of billionaire business tycoon Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, has never given up hope of his son one day making a full recovery.
Prince Khalid was among the members of the Saudi royal family detained for 11 months for criticising a crackdown on the kingdom’s elite.
Dozens of princes, officials and tycoons were imprisoned at Riyadh’s Ritz-Carlton hotel in 2017.
The prince was re-arrested briefly the following year, the New Arab reported.