Story By: William McGee, Sub-Editor: Marija Stojkoska, Agency: Newsflash
A Saudi princess has posted a new video of a Saudi prince dubbed the ‘Sleeping Prince’, who has been in a coma for 16 years, while his dad has vowed not to switch off his life support.
The prince, who is the nephew of billionaire Saudi investor Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, has been on a life-support machine ever since he was injured in a car accident in 2005.
Princess Rima bint Talal, who is the victim’s sister, posted the video to Twitter, where she has 232,700 followers, on Monday, 27th September, and it has since been viewed 83,100 times.
She wrote a prayer for her brother alongside the video reading: “My beloved, may God protect you, heal you, and restore you.” It has since garnered 2,200 ‘likes’.
The video shows Prince Al Waleed bin Khalid bin Talal motionless in his hospital bed covered in a Saudi flag displaying the phrase “Our Country is in Our Hearts”.
The video, in which the Saudi national anthem can be heard playing in the background, had been filmed four days earlier, on Saudi National Day.
The public holiday commemorates the founding of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on 23rd September 1932.
Despite having spent such a long time in a coma, the Sleeping Prince’s relatives have not given up hope, particularly as evidence suggests he can hear and understand.
A video posted to Twitter by his aunt, Princess Noura bint Talal, in October last year shows him moving his fingers in response to requests.
The victim’s father, Prince Khalid bin Talal, has said: “Someone asked me, why don’t you unplug the devices from your son?
“I replied that if it was God’s will for him to die in the accident, then my son would be in his grave.”
The prince was 18 years old and had been studying at a military college at the time of the car crash, in which he suffered a brain haemorrhage.